New York Mayor Bill de Palacio said that the city’s beaches will be opened to the public and will be permitted to swim before Independence Day, after partially opening it during the Memorial Day holiday last month.
The mayor confirmed media reports that New York beaches would be officially opened next week.
“The rumors are true: New York beaches will be allowed to swim in early July,” de Palacio said.
He stressed the need for people to adhere to the rules of social separation and to put up masks on the beach to prevent the spread of the emerging Corona virus, which has killed more than 121,000 and infected 2.36 million people in the United States until Tuesday.
Beaches in a few states were partially reopened during the Memorial Day holiday from May 23 to 25, but with various restrictions, including a ban on swimming in New York City beaches.
In total, the city recorded 217,742 HIV infections and 22,343 deaths.