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All public beaches in Virginia allowed to reopen for recreational activities

Social distancing still is required, and gatherings of 10 or more people still are banned.

RICHMOND, Va. — Governor Northam announced that all public beaches in the Commonwealth will be allowed to reopen for recreational activities on Friday, May 29.

Northam pointed to the successful reopening of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront over Memorial Day weekend. 

He says his survey of the beaches during his visit to Virginia Beach led him to the decision to reopen all public beaches in Virginia.

There are still some restrictions that beachgoers will have to follow.

Social distancing is still required and no groups of 10 or more people are allowed. Tents and group sports are also prohibited.

Earlier this week, the city of Hampton released a comprehensive plan to reopen its beaches. The proposal outlined each of these restrictions as well as an enforcement plan if people don't comply with the rules.

Yorktown Beach will officially reopen on Saturday, May 30. All public parking lots near the beach will be open, as well.

YORKTOWN BEACH WILL OPEN SATURDAY, MAY 30 Beginning Saturday, May 3... 0, the following amenities in Yorktown will be open: * The Yorktown Beach - sunbathing, swimming, and recreation permitted. No groups larger than 10 allowed and social distancing must be practiced. Group sports, tents, and alcohol are prohibited.

Friday also marks the first day of Virginia's face covering requirement.

Northam said Phase One of the state's reopening plan will continue for at least another week.

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