WKTV -- New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) will open 16 beaches across the state for swimming on Friday, with lifeguards staffed at normal levels to ensure public safety. The two beaches in the Mohawk Valley Region that will be open are Delta Lake and Glimmerglass from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Beach-goers are reminded to practice social distancing, respect the rules, and do their part to keep parks, beaches and public lands open and safe for everyone. Beach capacity is expected to fill quickly and New Yorkers are urged to plan ahead by having alternate destinations ready.
State Park Police and operations staff will be patrolling beaches, boardwalks, and parking fields to ensure compliance with social distancing and crowd control measures. Anyone that does not adhere to this guidance will be requested to leave the beach or park.
Beach-goers should visit only with members of their immediate household and:
• Maintain 6 feet of distance of others while swimming and on beaches and boardwalks
• Keep beach blankets and chairs at least 10 feet apart from others;
• Wear a mask when unable to maintain social distance;
• Refrain from group activities.
State Parks will be putting the following restrictions in effect:
• Reducing normal summer season capacity by 50%, by limiting parking and other means of entry;
• Prohibiting group contact activities, including contact sports (e.g. volleyball, football);
• Reducing capacity in indoor areas such as changing areas, locker rooms, restrooms by 50%
• Closing all beachfront concessions and areas of social gathering;
• Implementing measures to maintain social distance for both employees and visitors, including signage, distance markers, directional arrows, and physical barriers;
• Requiring masks must be worn by all employees and visitors when social distancing is not possible;
• Conducting frequent cleaning and disinfection for restrooms and frequently touched surfaces.
As part of their lifeguard training and recertification, all state park lifeguards are trained to practice “universal precautions” related to infectious diseases. As part of this training, State Parks has added Covid-19 informational training, including appropriate precautions to ensure our lifeguards disinfect and sanitize all equipment and surfaces such as lifeguard stands. State Parks has also limited the number of guards per lifeguard stand at any one time. Each lifeguard will receive a fanny pack which will contain a mask, gloves, hand sanitizer, CPR mask, safety glasses and a surgical mask for beach goers who are pulled from the water. Each lifeguard shack will be equipped with necessary supplies and materials such as disinfectant and hand sanitizer.