UPDATE: During the June 11 Board of Selectmen meeting Fred Camillo said the beaches are now open 7am to 7pm.
The rules for lying in the same at the beach are groups not to exceed five people, and groups must be 15 feet apart.
“We don’t want repeats from what we saw in the state of Florida, which has a big spike of cases – though we don’t know if that reflects testing,” Camillo said.
In a cooperative effort with the Greenwich Dept of Health, the Department of Parks and Recreation began the summer beach season with the official opening of Greenwich Point and Byram Beach on Wednesday.
The season will run through September 7, 2020.
As yet, no date has been set for the opening of the pools at Byram Park or the start of the ferries for Island Beach and Great Captain’s Island.
The Departments of Health and Parks & Recreation will continue to adhere to the existing policy pertaining to the prohibition of recreational swimming at local tidal beaches after certain rainfall events for all beaches.
This policy does not include the Island Beaches since they do not appear to be affected by any one factor such as rainfall. Closures of the Island beaches will be announced by the Department of Health when necessary and announced for other locations after trigger rainfall events.
In carrying out Departmental policy, for the protection of the public’s health, the Division of Environmental Services will collect and analyze beach water samples weekly throughout the season.
After rainfall events of one-half inch (0.5″) or greater, Byram Beach will close automatically for one beach day.
If multiple storms occur, then the beach will close for one full day after the rain has stopped. Openings, closings and other announcements related to beach activity will be released by the Department through the Division of
Environmental Services Beach Hot Line (203-622-7855) and the Town of Greenwich website (www.greenwichct.gov).
All swimming closures will be posted at each beach location by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Announcements will be made through the local media.