IPSWITCH — Town Manager Anthony Marino and Public Health Director Colleen Fermon would like to share the state’s guidance regarding the town’s beaches.
Beaches are open to the public as part of Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan, and restrictions are in place to ensure the safety of those using the amenities and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of visitors to Ipswich beaches,” said Town Manager Marino. “We strongly encourage any visitors to follow state guidelines — especially socially distancing yourself from others when walking or sitting on the beaches, and wearing a face mask or covering when necessary — in order to prevent any further spread of COVID-19. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.”
The guidelines for beach-goers are as follows:
- Visitors must maintain a social distance of at least six feet from others at all times while walking and at least 12 feet from others when sitting on a beach towel or blanket.
- Visitors over the age of 2 must wear face masks or coverings when they cannot maintain a social distance (at least 6 feet) from others. Those under the age of 2 who are unable to do so due to a medical condition do not need to wear a face mask or covering. More information about face masks and coverings can be found here.
- No groups larger than 10 are allowed to gather. This number includes both instructors and participants for any activity.
- No loitering or tailgating will be allowed in the beach parking lots.
- Loading and unloading times for visitors in the drop off areas will be limited.
- Organized ball games such as volleyball, spikeball, football and soccer, are not allowed.
- Visitors must socially distance themselves from others while waiting in line for the bathroom.
- Members of the public should remain six feet away from lifeguards at all times, except in the case of an emergency.
More information on the beach guidelines can be found here.