USA - Which Beaches Are Open for July 4 Weekend? What to Know Before You Go
With confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the U.S. surpassing 2.5 million, several beaches are closed for the July 4 weekend in a bid to reduce the risk of spreading infection, while some are expected to be open amid the ongoing pandemic.
Here we look at areas where beaches will remain open this weekend and what to bear in mind before heading to the beach.
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What to know before you go
While some beaches may be open, activities and items may be banned or restricted, such as the ones listed below. Check the specific guidelines for your local beach before traveling.
- A ban on barbecues, fireworks and fire pits.
- A ban on gatherings and events of any kind.
- A ban on tents and overnight camping.
- A ban on alcoholic beverages.
- Limited number of entrants to beaches.
- Social distancing and face covering requirements may apply.
- Limited physical activities including a ban on organized sports such as beach volleyball.
- Limited parking and beach access points.
- Ramp or gate closures at different entry points.
- Limited or suspended public transport services to the beach such as buses.
- Limited or no access to bathrooms and other public facilities at the beach.
- Visitor center and administrative office closures.
Beaches open over July 4 weekend
While beaches in parts of South Florida, including Miami-Dade County and Broward County, will be closed this weekend, beaches in Pinellas County on the west central coast of Florida will remain open, Tampa Bay's ABC Action News reports.
County officials were reported to be impressed with how well locals have complied with any precautionary measures in place at reopened beaches and therefore aren't planning any closures for the Fourth of July.