Nassau beaches to open at 50% capacity starting next Friday
Nassau officials have announced that county beaches will be open at 50% capacity starting next Friday – in time for Memorial Day weekend.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran says local municipalities will be responsible for enforcement of the rules on the beaches.
In addition, park tennis courts are reopened with some modifications. Players will have to bring their own tennis balls.
Meanwhile, officials say the region still meets five of the seven metrics needed to begin phase one of reopening. Phase one consists of reopening construction, manufacturing and curbside retail.
The two metrics the region is not meeting are a 14 day decline in the number of deaths and COVID-19 patients newly admitted to hospitals.
“Despite our overall downward trends, if we get a one day increase in the number of deaths, the clock stops, and we have to go back to the start,” says Curran.
As of Friday, hospitalizations in Nassau was down 35 to 677 and ventilated patients were down to 197. Meanwhile, there were 121 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. Officials say the percentage of those testing who are testing positive is down to 5.1%.
In addition, Nassau reported 11 new deaths, bringing the county’s death toll to 2,027.