Photo Credit: NYC Mayor's Office via Twitter
New York City's official "social distancing towel"

All eight beaches in New York City will officially open for Memorial Day weekend (which starts May 29), unlike last year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.

“Summer is right around the corner and we’re gearing up for an on-time pool and beach season,” the mayor said. Last year the beaches opened several weeks late and pools didn’t open until the last week in July.

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“These beautiful outdoor spaces mean so much to New Yorkers – especially after the year we’ve all had.”

Not failing to take advantage of a clearly positive event in the city, the city’s NYC Parks store is selling a new “social distancing towel” for those who want to make it official.

All eight public beaches are set to open at this point. Public swimming pools, however, will open only after school ends on June 26.

Management of the sites will “follow health guidance” from the state level, de Blasio added, “to ensure the safety of everyone.”

He said, however, that health restrictions and protocols could change in the coming months as the city continues to carry out its vaccination operation.

“We’re going back to the schedule we’ve had for years and years, and that is a very good sign,” the mayor said. “This year we get to do what is great for the families and kids of this city. It’s outdoors—exactly where we want people—and it’s going to be a great way for the families of New York City to spend their summer.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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