New Yorkers experiencing cabin fever after two months of coronavirus quarantine were offered an unexpected reprieve when Gov. Andrew Cuomo eased the state's ban on gatherings in time for the Memorial Day weekend.
The governor signed an order late Friday allowing people to assemble in groups of as many as 10 as long as they stay at least 6 feet from other people and wear masks when they can't maintain that distance.
That could clear the way for New Yorkers to picnic together in parks and backyards — if they don't get too close to their friends.
They can also head to New York City beaches this weekend, but they shouldn't expect to get in the water, and they'd better be wearing a mask.
While beaches elsewhere in the region will be open for swimming this weekend, Mayor Bill de Blasio has said swimming is not allowed at the city's beaches and may not be all summer.
"I've been really clear about the beaches; they are closed for swimming," de Blasio said Friday at his daily coronavirus briefing. "There will not be lifeguards. People are not supposed to go to the beach to swim."
The danger of swimming without lifeguards on duty was made clear Friday when a 24-year-old man drowned off Rockaway Beach in Queens.
The main reason the mayor has cited for the swimming ban was to curb the spread of the virus by keeping people off public transportation.
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of beach season in New York City, with — in normal years — lifeguards starting duty and swimming permitted....(Read more)
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