Coronavirus News: Many hit the beach on Labor Day amid fears of potential spike in NYC area

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CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Some Tri-State residents are trying to squeeze in one last beach day as the coronavirus looms large over the holiday.

It was a picture-perfect day on Labor Day for those who wanted to hit the sand and the waves.

Unlike at the beginning of the summer when beaches quickly hit their capacity limits, at Jones Beach on Monday, it wasn't too crowded for those who were eager to enjoy the holiday.

At the Jersey Shore, many beaches are staying open longer which means Labor Day isn't the end of beach season, but one more chance to have some socially distant fun outside before the cold weather returns.
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Toni Yates has a look at how people along the Jersey Shore are enjoying one of the last beach days of the year.

As many hit the beach, business owners mourned what would have been a typically busy weekend - while officials are warning people to stay safe over fears of a potential spike.

Related: Jersey Shore beaches to extend season through end of September

The Labor Day holiday weekend typically comes amid back-to-school preparations or with many kids already back in class, but COVID-19 has changed the paradigm.

School openings have been delayed, and both many municipalities in the Tri-State area have "extended" summer through September in an effort to help businesses recoup losses from their usual busy seasons.

That's the case in New Jersey and New York, where state beaches and many other will remain open and staffed with lifeguards through the month.

Related: NY extends season for beaches, parks, campgrounds

But in New York City, this is the last weekend to enjoy pools and beaches.

After that, the beaches revert to their off-season status with no lifeguards and advisories for people to stay out of the water.

City beaches span a total of 14 miles and include Orchard Beach in the Bronx; Coney Island and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn; Rockaway Beach in Queens; and Midland Beach, South Beach, Cedar Grove Beach, and Wolfe's Pond Park Beach on Staten Island.

Related: NYPD beefing up patrols to combat Labor Day weekend gun violence

On Long Island, the following local and state beaches will remain open through September:

--Smith Point Beach
--Meschutt Beach
--Nickerson Beach

--Jones Beach
Field 6 daily until September 20th
Field 2 weekends only (September 12&13 and September 19&20th)
Central Mall daily until September 20th
West Bathhouse Ocean weekends only (September 12&13 and September 19&20th)

--Robert Moses
Field 2 daily until September 20th
Field 3 daily until September 13th and the weekend of September 19th& 20th
Field 4 daily until September 13th and the weekend of September 19th& 20th
Field 5 daily until September 20th

--Sunken Meadow
Main Beach daily until September 20th
East Beach weekends only (September 12&13 and September 19&20th)

--Hither Hills
Daily until September 20th
After Labor Day, weekends only (September 12&13 and September 19&20th)

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