Long Islanders face new set of rules on opening weekend for beaches
New rules caused a much different feeling to the unofficial start to summer at Long Island's beaches.
Jones Beach was one of four New York state beaches on Long Island that opened for swimmers, sunbathers and anyone else willing to follow the rules this weekend.
The restrictions put in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus included staying six feet away from others, wearing a face covering and not gathering for group activities, including contact sports.
Jones Beach's annual air show was also canceled and concessions were closed.
Despite the cloudy weather, many beaches were filled to capacity Sunday.
"There's a significant law enforcement presence throughout the beach and hopefully we won't have to use them, but they are there," says New York State Parks Regional Director George Gorman.
Hither Hills, Sunken Meadow and Robert Moses also opened. Nassau and Suffolk limited county beaches to residents only.