Restrictions greet visitors to Westport beaches
WESTPORT — Town residents planning to visit local beaches or go golfing on this weekend need to have a resident emblem and should expect fewer people but longer waits to enter.
Compo Beach reopened Friday with residents appearing to keep a safe distance as temperatures soared into the 70s. Compo Beach and Soundview parking lots will be open at 50 percent capacity for Westport and Weston residents with valid 2020 beach emblems. A valid beach emblem will also be necessary for parking in some Longshore Club Park lots.
“I’m excited that you’ll have more opportunity for being outdoors and enjoying our wonderful parks,” First Selectman Jim Marpe said. “For the reopening of our beaches and golf course to succeed, caution and mutual respect are essential.”
Marpe said residents will have to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others who are not members of their immediate household. Face coverings are also required if a resident is in a position where they are not able to socially distance.
Parks and Recreation staff will be stationed at the parking lot gates, and will turn residents away if the 50 percent capacity is reached.
“We will have signage at key locations on the approaches to Compo Beach to warn you of this before you arrive at the beach,” Marpe said. “You may have to pursue alternate forms, return at a later time or prepare to visit on another day.”
Residents may bring their own umbrellas, chairs, blankets and towels. However, Marpe said tents, pop-ups, Frisbees and sports equipment must be left at home.
“We are not allowing any type of activity that has the potential for people encroaching on others,” Marpe said. “The playground, basketball courts, skate park, volleyball courts, pickleball courts and softball field remain closed at this time.”
Restrictions could change based on guidance from federal and state authorities, he said.
“Remember that everyone in town is relying on your compliance,” Marpe said. “Strict adherence to social distancing and face covering requirements is imperative if we are to keep the beaches and golf course open.”