Oneida Shores opens for Memorial Day Weekend

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BREWERTON, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — While state parks like Green Lakes have already opened this week, Oneida Shores is set to welcome visitors for the Memorial Day weekend.

The beach will be capping how many people are allowed in the park at 150. Normally, the capacity is 350. On Saturday the beach welcomed 130 people in total.

Swimming in the deep water section at Oneida Shores is also prohibited at this time.

Guests until further notice are required to stay at least six feet apart and wear a mask if they can not follow social distancing rules. If you don’t have a mask and show up at the beach you will be provided one to wear.

“It’s a little bit more of a process for the public than probably what they were used to last year maybe than what but this is what normal is going to be like as we move into these phases,” saod Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon.

Each beach-goer will have their temperature checked when they enter and be required to leave personal information in case COVID-19 tracing is necessary. McMahon said these new rules will be enforced by the beach staff.

“We have a lot of personnel and staff out here we are ready for this and this is really kind of experimentation in a way as we take, every day the next step with the virus and certainly as we get closer to Phase 2 there is going to be more and more opportunities for people to be together and we really have to make that work,” said McMahon.

McMahon expects Jamesville Beach to open in the coming weeks. The county plans to use what they’ve learned at Oneida Shores to make Jamesville’s opening even more smooth.

Green Lakes and Fair Haven State Park opened on Friday, and will be open throughout the holiday weekend.


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