While state beaches are being allowed to reopen Friday in time for Memorial Day weekend, Erie County's beaches – Bennett and Wendt beaches – will remain closed until June 1, the Erie County Health Department announced Monday.
State beaches, including the ones at Woodlawn Beach State Park in Hamburg and at Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island, are set to open Friday with restrictions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week.
But beaches operated by municipalities or counties were to decide for themselves if they want to reopen then, Cuomo said.
The state is reopening its beaches as a coordinated regional effort with New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware, Cuomo said.
If one state opens its beaches and a neighboring state doesn't, officials expect people to travel to what is open, which puts an unfair burden on those that reopen, he said.
"We've come up with an agreement that accommodates all needs," he said.
Many are sure to want to head to Western New York's beaches this weekend with forecasts showing mostly sunny skies and highs in the 70s, even upper 70s by Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo.
Bennett Beach and Wendt Beach will remain closed until further notice! pic.twitter.com/lboDzLwQI6
— Erie County Parks (@ErieCountyParks) May 18, 2020
Some state beaches will be open. However, Erie County's beaches –– Bennett and Wendt Beach –– remain closed until June 1st. pic.twitter.com/7XSAqTkps3
— Erie County Department of Health 😷 (@ECDOH) May 18, 2020