Joseph Carter, 27, carries a surfboard on the beach Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Santa Monica, Calif. The state Department of Public Health recorded more than 5,000 new cases Tuesday, putting the total number of positive cases at more than 183,000. The state has seen more than 5,500 deaths related to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Joseph Carter, 27, carries a surfboard on the beach Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Santa Monica, Calif. The state Department of Public Health recorded more than 5,000 new cases Tuesday, putting the total number of positive cases at more than 183,000. The state has seen more than 5,500 deaths related to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

New York allows swimming at beaches ahead of Independence Day

By Maria Ponnezhath Time of article published Jun 24, 2020

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Beaches in New York City will be open to

the public for swimming ahead of Independence Day, after

partially being reopened for Memorial Day weekend celebrations

last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted late on Tuesday.

The mayor confirmed media reports that the city's beaches

would be officially open next week.

"The rumors are true: NYC beaches will open for swimming on

July 1," de Blasio said.

He reiterated that people should follow social distancing

rules and cover faces at the beach to prevent spreading the

novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 121,000 people and

affected 2.36 million people in the US as of late Tuesday.

Beaches in a few states were partially reopened for the

Memorial Day holiday weekend on May 23-25, with various

restrictions, including a swimming ban at New York City beaches.

The city has reported a total of 217,742 coronavirus cases

as of Tuesday, and 22,343 dead.

The decision to open beaches ahead of Independence Day

weekend comes as the country is grappling with both public

health concerns and social tension.

The US has witnessed widespread protests against racial

injustice since the death of a Black man, George Floyd, in

Minneapolis on May 25, after a white police officer knelt on his

neck.

Reuters

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