We already knew this summer would be difficult, but now we’re starting to seeing how the coronavirus pandemic is playing out.
All of New York City’s outdoor public pools will be closed this year and Mayor de Blasio warned that beaches could be shut down for the summer too.
“Lower expectations, just for everyone’s sanity,” de Blasio said when asked about the prospect of the city opening public beaches for the summer like they usually do.
Hizzoner said the city is unlikely to allow large crowds on beaches anytime soon.
“The notion of having lifeguards — and people coming to the beach like normal — we don’t have that in our sights yet,” he said.
Closing the outdoor pools from late June to Labor Day will save the city $12 million, according to a budget proposed by de Blasio Thursday.
The mayor unveiled the $89.3 billion executive budget amid plummeting tax revenue and economic fallout from coronavirus, forcing billions in cuts and new spending to fight the pandemic.
Get ready for our new normal.