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Virginia Beach lifeguard patrols to be limited through May

Some lifeguards haven't been able to complete their certifications as recreation centers were closed under the statewide stay-at-home order.
Credit: 13News Now

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Emergency medical services officials in a coastal Virginia city say lifeguard patrols will likely be limited at beaches over Memorial Day weekend and through the month of May. 

A Virginia Beach EMS official confirmed Thursday that patrols will be reduced and guards won't enter watch stands next month due to staffing challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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The EMS Chief said last week that some lifeguards haven't been able to complete their certifications as recreation centers were closed under the statewide stay-at-home order. 

Beaches remain open for fishing and exercise. 

The department said it's working to get some pools opened so guards can be trained and in place by June 10.

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