Officials Outline Memorial Day Weekend Park Rules

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC and AP) - State officials on Wednesday announced restrictions at state parks as summer approaches.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said swimming will be allowed at state beaches on the shoreline when they reopen Friday, but swimming areas at inland state parks will be closed. Officials cited the limited size of the beach and swim areas at inland parks and social distancing rules.

Visitors to shoreline beaches must keep their blanket and chair areas a minimum of 15 feet from other beachgoers, allowing for a 6-foot radius around each person and a 3-foot walkway between groups.

Officials will limit parking at shoreline beaches and close them if social distancing rules are not followed. Visitors should wear masks whenever they are near other people, but officials say masks should not be worn in the water. Lifeguards will not be on duty this early in the season.

Campgrounds will remain closed until at least June 11.