Reopen News: Beaches continue social distancing as NYC gets ready for Phase 3

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- This holiday weekend people have been taking advantage of the newly reopened beaches in New York City.

While it seemed like a typical Fourth of July weekend at beaches across the area, while many walked the boardwalk and got some sun, it was still obvious that we are in the middle of a pandemic.

Lifeguards have been on duty since Wednesday at beaches around the city and social distancing guidelines are in effect.

Families came down to the beach and the boardwalk Saturday -- nearly all wearing masks. Social distancing ambassadors were also walking the boardwalk handing them out to those who didn't have them.

The rides were not running, but games were open and so were boardwalk restaurants.

Typically restaurants on Surf Avenue on Coney Island are filled with customers sitting outside, but on Sunday, some still remained closed and only offered to-go service.

"It's sad but it's also the reality of what's going on right now, being smart and still having fun," said beachgoer Deirdre Read.

On Monday, the city enters Phase 3 without indoor dining. Nail salons, tattoo and massage parlors will be allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity. Businesses must disinfect workstations for each new customer, require customers and employees to wear face coverings.

A six foot distance must be maintained at all times.

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