Cuomo lets N.Y. beaches reopen for Memorial Day, but de Blasio says that’s ‘not in the cards’ for NYC

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Gov. Cuomo is throwing sand in Mayor de Blasio’s gears.
The governor announced Friday that New York’s state-controlled beaches will be open in time for Memorial Day weekend — but de Blasio suggested that’s “not in the cards” for city beaches.
In his daily briefing from Albany, Cuomo said he had come up with a plan, in consultation with his counterparts in New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware, to let all state beaches reopen the Friday before Memorial Day with coronavirus restrictions in place, including keeping capacity at 50% and a strict prohibition on “group contact activities.”
The governor reasoned it’d be counterproductive to keep New York’s beaches shuttered since the surrounding states are opening theirs.
“If other states were opening and New York wasn’t you would have millions of people from New York flooding those beaches … and that wouldn’t help anyone,” Cuomo said.
In a briefing from City Hall earlier in the day, de Blasio delivered a beach bummer for the Big Apple.
“On the beaches, we’re just not ready,” the mayor said. “It’s painful because we would all love to be able to go to the beach with the hot weather, but it’s not safe yet.”

He continued, “We know that some of the things people traditionally do, the beaches and the public pools, that’s not in the cards right now ... Again, we’ll see what the future brings, but not right now.”

De Blasio did not offer a timeline for when city beaches could reopen, but said he would keep in close touch with state officials as matters progress.

In the meantime, de Blasio said he’s there will be enhanced park patrols in the Rockaways, Coney Island and Orchard Beach to make sure New Yorkers don’t try to swim without lifeguards on duty.

With state beaches reopening, some pols said de Blasio’s beach plan doesn’t make any sense, since city residents will flock to the beaches no matter what he says, as the mercury climbs higher.

“This is unacceptable,” tweeted state Sen. Diane Savino, who represents sandy parts of Brooklyn like Coney Island and Brighton Beach. “NYC must plan for beach openings. Lifeguards are essential or people will drown.”


  1. Darn it, because when I go to NYC it's for their beaches.

    1. lol lol yeah those over crowded ones with no sand in sight just bodies end to end. lol

  2. because fresh air and sunshine are lethal right?


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