East Hampton: Expect Full Beaches to Close

East Hampton Town is warning residents and visitors this weekend that beaches throughout the town may close when they reach their capacity. New York State is still limiting beach capacity to 50 percent to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

The town has already limited beach parking stickers to residents only and suspended day passes for the season.

The town says beachgoers should expect beach closures, particularly on weekends, as popular ocean beaches including Indian Wells and Atlantic Avenue beaches in Amagansett, and Ditch Plains in Montauk, reach capacity

East Hampton Town is enforcing COVID-19 capacity restrictions and social distancing at its beaches, and is ordering the closure, as necessary, of beaches that have reached capacity.

Additional parking restrictions have also been put in place in areas near beach accesses, such as in downtown Montauk, in order to curtail crowds on the beaches.

“East Hampton Town’s lifeguard team, Marine Patrol, Recreation Department “beach ambassadors,” and Police will continue working together to ensure safety protocols, such as the requirement to wear masks when entering and exiting the beach, and within proximity to others, are followed, and to coordinate efforts to avoid beach overcrowding and enact closures when needed,” according to the town.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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