HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Beaches along the coast of Virginia are allowed to open up starting Friday.
While Virginia Beach has been operating with social distancing restrictions and extra cleaning for a week because it was given permission to reopen by Gov. Ralph Northam.
Now, with all beaches reopening to sunbathing and swimming, other localities are releasing plans and information of their own.
Hampton released information Thursday afternoon shortly after Northam announced the state’s beaches could reopen.
According to a city news release, Buckroe, Fort Monroe, Salt Ponds and Grandview will be open for swimming, sunbathing and “playing in the sand” Friday.
The city is also opening two golf courses, the Hamptons and the Woodlands, and the Hampton Tennis Center.
While the facilities and beaches are open, social distancing is still required and they may not operate at full capacity.
There will be limited parking at Buckroe Beach to help limit the number of people there. The lot at the fishing pier will be closed and the overflow grass lots and shuttle bus from Jones Middle School won’t be open.
Fort Monroe will also limit parking at beach areas and grass areas will be closed to parking. There will be lifeguards in the Outlook Beach and coves area. Paradise Club will open its private beach as well.
The city will also have beach ambassadors, like Virginia Beach put in place last week.
Here are some other rules:
- No groups of umbrellas or groups of more than 10 people
- Groups must be at least 6 feet apart
- No group sports
- No speakers
- No dogs or alcoholic beverages, which are rules already in place
Buckroe Beach and Park won’t have food trucks or concerts. Restrooms will be cleaned more often and sand sweeping will be increased. Shelters and grills are closed.
The Buckroe Farmers Market will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot with the gazebo. There are additional safety measures in place for the market, as well.
The golf courses have some changes as well, including:
- Golfers are encouraged to rent one cart per person. Doubles will be allowed. Carts will be sanitized between uses.
- There will be no rental of clubs or equipment other than carts.
- Tee times will be more spaced out (10 minutes versus 6-7 minutes).
- Food and beverages are for sale at the restaurants (pick-up window at the Woodlands; outdoor seating service available at the Hamptons). Players should bring their own water
Newport News released information about restrictions at its beaches starting Friday.
Those restrictions include:
- Maintain 6 feet unless family
- No public restrooms
- No groups of more than 10 people
- No amplified sound
- No large coolers
- No alcohol
- No tents or groups of umbrellas
- No group sports (volleyball, football, Frisbee, etc)
All 36 parks in Newport News are open. The Newport News campground is also open.
Other amenities are still closed including the Newport News Park Visitor Center, Discovery Center, Newport News Park Campsite Office, Lee Hall Fishing Pier and Harwood’s Mill concessions, as well as all restrooms, playgrounds, picnic shelters and volleyball and basketball courts.
Beaches in Norfolk are open, but there are certain restrictions in place.
Those restrictions, per the city, include:
- Keep 6 feet apart – unless family
- No gatherings of more than 10 people
- No group sports (football, soccer, volleyball, etc.)
- No alcohol
- No tents or groups of umbrellas
Lifeguards will not be on duty this weekend at Sarah Constant, Ocean View Beach, and Community Beach Park.
Public restrooms remain closed. Parking is limited to 50-percent capacity.
Norfolk Police will continue doing beach patrols.
Yorktown Beach will reopen for sunbathing, swimming and recreation Saturday.
Groups larger than 10 people are prohibited. Group sports, tents and alcohol are not allowed.
“We encourage beach-goers to visit during non-peak hours to avoid crowds,” York County wrote on Facebook.
All parking lots will be open, including Riverwalk Landing Parking Terrace, Beach Picnic Area, and parking lots at York Hall, County Administration/Courthouse area, and Archer Cottage (corner of Read and Water streets).
Public restrooms will also be open. Those waiting in line for the bathroom should practice social distancing.
This story will be updated as more localities release information.
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