Meanwhile, travel to more remote places like the Mentawai Islands has come to a halt as air travel has slowed and ports have closed. The 7-day rolling average of daily new cases in Rhode Island … The hunt for fleeing New Yorkers: The Hamptons wants to ban coronavirus refugees from the Big Apple and Rhode Island is sending the National Guard … Also, those who are ill should not be using the bike path and instead remain at home. More than 600 have died. Rhode Island is leading the country with the highest average daily COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and … … But if you live on the Gold Coast, you can still surf Burleigh, Currumbin, Kirra, and Snapper. “We can all sense that our world is about to be turned upside down, and it is a world that doesn’t include surfing anymore,” South African surf writer Craig Jarvis said. Gina Raimondo’s executive order closing fitness and recreational facilities for two weeks starting Monday. State health officials, meanwhile, reported 20 coronavirus-related deaths and nearly 1,000 additional cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. There are many ways for residents to safely enjoy the outdoors, as long as they take the necessary precautions by adhering to the Governor's guidance on not gathering in groups of more than five and practicing social distancing. For an ongoing update of beach closures on the East Coast, see our list here. Rhode Island Beach Closures: What You Need To Know - Newport, RI - Throughout the summer, the Rhode Island Department of Health will briefly close beaches to swimming. Right now, though, millions (and millions?) Surfers here are not at a breaking point yet.” Bali, April 4th. PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has closed all state-run coronavirus testing sites as the region braces for a major winter storm. Hossegor, France, April 7th. Parts of Ventura County and all Santa Cruz city beaches have also shut down. State Campgrounds Photo: Jeremiah Klein, In California, the city of San Diego and Los Angeles County, as well as parts of Orange County — and to the south, San Onofre/Trestles — have closed all access to beaches. "Restricting access to public places where any groups might gather, such as parks and beaches, is a necessary step we're taking to protect public health," said DEM Director Janet Coit. � Fisherman's Memorial State Park, Narragansett � Salty Brine State Beach, Narragansett What’s Up Newp will live stream the meeting below. Camping without permits and outside designated camping areas on all state lands is prohibited. In Spain, surfing is totally prohibited and enforced with fines. This is me just passing by while driving.” Puerto Rico, April 6th. There’s a R5,0000 fine for surfing and six months in jail for a second offence. Gov. � Pulaski State Park, Glocester Photo: Jeremiah Klein, Partner of USATODAY Lifestyle/Action Sports. � John H. Chafee Nature Preserve, North Kingstown The only way to surf J-Bay right now: True Surf. � Charlestown Breachway, Charlestown After large gatherings in recent weeks on the Gold Coast, authorities have closed certain popular beaches including The Spit, Surfers Paradise, and Coolangatta. Raimondo announced the closures earlier this month to help control Rhode Island’s surging coronavirus numbers. Governor Gina M. Raimondo during her daily coronavirus briefing in Rhode Island. “And now that it’s here, we can’t even stop the car to look at it. State management areas remain open for the time being, but this is a situation that DEM will be monitoring very closely. Up in Oregon, all State Parks have closed their parking lots. Bike path users can avoid crowds by planning their trip in the morning or late afternoon as the bike paths are busiest in the middle of the day. And in the city of Seaside, all access to the beach has been shuttered. The same goes for France. The novel coronavirus has exacted a heavy toll in Rhode Island over the last three months. With more than 1,000 Rhode Island residents now having died from the coronavirus and an increase in positive cases over the last three days, the state is focused on preventing more cases. “Beaches are closed, surfing has been banned. Photo: Josh Symon. PROVIDENCE, RI — Rhode Island's supply of the coronavirus vaccine for next week will be about 60 percent of what was initially expected, Gov. DEM will be patrolling these sites and dispersing groups of people. If you do go to a refuge, preserve, management area or other open spaces, and see that parking is limited or lots are full, you should change your plans and take your walk back home. All campground reservations through April 30 have been cancelled. The state's reservation agent, Reserve America, is contacting those with reservations during this period with information about the cancellations and refunds. #MiddletownListens: Short-Term Rental Survey Available December 17, 2020 – Town Administrator Middletown High Has Spirit December 16, 2020 – School Department Winter Storm Advisory � J.L. Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo on Thursday said office break rooms must be shut down for the next three months in a bid to slow an uptick in coronavirus cases across the state. � Black Regiment Monument, Portsmouth (Updated Beach Closures List.). In the northeast, many Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine beaches are closed and have outlawed surfing. Anyone using the bike paths must practice proper social distancing on the path, providing at least six feet of space between you and other users. Maine. We ask all Rhode Islanders to abide by local and state stay-at-home orders, and limit travel whenever possible, even for approved recreation activities. “We have been waiting for a swell this clean for a few years,” said Puerto Rican photog Rubén “Babby” Quiñones. In order to arrive at a classification long term routine monitoring and annual shoreline survey data is compiled and maintained to ensure compliance with shellfish water quality standards promulgated by FDA. During the summer months, some of our beaches may see 10,000 visitors in a single day. (See video here. Outdoor Safety Nothing a good day of surfing can’t cure, etc. And an important note: there are no lifeguards on duty at this time. � Fishermen's Memorial State Park and Campground, Narragansett In Portugal the ban varies and, in some places, surfing still appears to be allowed but only in small groups. � Snake Den State Park, Johnston Rhode Island's five state campgrounds were originally scheduled to open in early-mid April. � East Beach Campground, Charlestown Beach closures are based on exceedances of more than 60 cfu/100 ml in saltwater and in freshwater. But people didn’t take the orders too seriously. Anyone disobeying the closures is subject to a fine and potential jailtime. Pause FAQs can be found here (en Español aqui). "The Pause": While we continue to be in Phase 3 of the ReopeningRI plan, Rhode Island is currently in a Two-Week Pause, with heightened restrictions to help in our fight against COVID-19. Photo: Artur Rashkovan, In popular beach areas, like Tel Aviv, officials warned weeks ago against congregating and entering the ocean. Rhode Island … � Goddard Memorial State Park, Warwick So at least we know how to do it here. � Scarborough North Beach, Narragansett Key Messages for the Public. The state Department of Health also said there were 469 patients in Rhode Island hospitals with the virus, with 62 of them in intensive care. But in countries like Spain and Portugal, where the coronavirus has hit heavily, authorities are cracking down. There are many weeks to come, of sitting and waiting.”, “The surfing community here is well trained with lockdowns,” says Matt George. Also, in an effort to stay sane, and connect surfers with the thing they care most about, we’re curating and providing news, information, entertainment and utility while this thing lasts right here. The social gathering size remains one household. � Colt State Park, Bristol DEM asks the public not to drive to parks and beaches. In the UK, the beaches have not been closed and outdoor exercise is allowed. In the meantime, DEM will continue with our preparations for getting our parks and beaches ready later this year. And Italy is on total lockdown. Collection Period. Did we forget a region? � Arcadia Management Area (Frosty Hollow shelter, backpack camping area, and horseman's campground), Exeter. Rhode Island Gov. Barry Chin/Globe Staff/The Boston Globe PROVIDENCE -- As Rhode Island heads toward a … For bike safely tips/rules of the road, visit RIDOT's website at: http://www.dot.ri.gov/community/bikeri/. A gym chain in Rhode Island has been cited for failing to follow Gov. Rhode Island State Parks And Beaches Are Closed Due To COVID-19 Emergency Opening of state campgrounds delayed until at least May 1st PROVIDENCE – The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) reminds Rhode Islanders that state parks, beaches and campgrounds are closed due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. On December 21, new guidance will take effect. San Onofre State Beach, April 8th. This includes anticipating others on the path and stepping off the path onto the shoulder if necessary. Across the Department, DEM remains fully operational and committed to serving customer needs. To participate in … � Ninigret Conservation Area, Charlestown Gov. Pharmacists wheel a box containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to a freezer as it arrives at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I, … of surfers around the world are unable to turn to a saltwatery escape due to beach closures stemming from the current global pandemic and need for social distancing. For information on DEM programs and initiatives, visit www.dem.ri.gov. Parks and Beaches All over the state, Beach Parks and State Parks are closed, but access to the ocean is still open. Quickly access the spots you care about most. Sample data is available from 2000 to present. If people are blatantly ignoring the new rules � if they choose to congregate at state parks and beaches, or if they're not complying with the physical distancing rules � they may be cited if actions and behavior are not corrected. In the northeast, many Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine beaches are closed and have outlawed surfing. Opening of state campgrounds delayed until at least May 1st. Richy Bennett, surfing’s best known psychologist, gives us a few ideas about how to cope with the moment, From food drives to wetsuit masks, here’s a positive side of the COVID-19 crisis, Golf practice, knee rehab, and baby prep for the 3x World Champ during lockdown, Travel all around Indonesia has been locked down. � Rocky Point, Warwick, The following state beaches area closed: Janet Mills issued an order directing residents to "stay at home at all times unless for an … We ask that people avoid these bike paths if they are crowded and find an alternate place to ride close to home. DEM Environmental Police Officers and DEM Parks' staff will continue to monitor state parks and beaches for compliance. � George Washington State Campground, Glocester More than 14,000 residents have tested positive. The following state campgrounds and camping areas are closed: And in the latter, there was an altercation between police and a surfer at the end of March. Gina Raimondo said restrictions placed on travelers from her state by neighboring governors -- including Massachusetts -- are a "wake-up … Gina Raimondo announced Thursday. More information about COVID-19 and Rhode Island's response can be found here: https://health.ri.gov/diseases/ncov2019/, For a list of Frequently Asked Questions and updates on the DEM closures, visit http://riparks.com/covid19.php. � Scarborough South Beach, Narragansett ), Israel, April 4th. In Panama and Costa Rica, the beaches have been closed. PROVIDENCE � The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) reminds Rhode Islanders that state parks, beaches and campgrounds are closed due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. And police have been on the scene patrolling the ban. Photo: Rubén “Babby” Quiñones. The opening of state campgrounds is delayed until at least May 1st in order to protect the health and safety of visitors and staff during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Popular surf spots on Bali – like Uluwatu, Padang Padang, and Keramas – have closed until further notice. Have updated info? Puerto Rico has closed all beaches on the island with barricades on the sand in some places. In order to keep our beaches clean and safe, it is important to do your part in eliminating pollution and preventing illness. “We celebrate Nyepi once a year, the day of silence which is the only religious observance on earth that shuts down an international airport. At all. No non-essential movement. Interviewing Long Beach photographer/ Unsound co-owner Mike Nelson about surfing — and surviving — in the age of COVID-19. Rhode Island shellfish harvesting waters are divided into three classifications– Approved, Conditionally Approved and Prohibited. For now, the DEM-managed bike paths � the Blackstone River Bikeway, the East Bay Bike Path, Washington Secondary Bike Path � and the state management areas will remain open. � Cocumcussoc Park, North Kingstown During the workshop, City Manager Joe Nicholson will provide an update on COVID-19 in Newport. � East Beach, Charlestown Bike Paths Raimondo Warns of COVID-19 Testing Site Closures Ahead of Storm If a site is closed, residents can come back at any point upon reopening to … DEM is not prohibiting Rhode Islanders from walking or riding bikes at parks and beaches if they are not congregated in groups of five or more and are adhering to social/physical distancing rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19. � Purgatory Chasm, Middletown However, non-essential travel is banned, so, getting to the beach might be considered a violation. And based on the list below of key surf zones around the world that are affected, one thing is clear — while we may be isolated, we’re not alone. � Brenton Point State Park, Newport � George Washington State Park, Glocester Photo: William Aliotti. Non-Residents: (updated 6/30) If you are coming to Rhode Island from one of the states listed here with a positivity rate of COVID-19 greater than 5%, you will either have to self-quarantine for 14 days while in Rhode Island, or produce proof of a negative test for COVID-19 that was taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Rhode Island. Beaches in Rio de Janeiro, including the hugely popular Copacabana Beach, have been closed to surfers and beachgoers. The following state parks are closed: Gov Warns of COVID-19 Testing Site Closures Ahead of Storm Rhode Island’s governor is warning about impacts to the state’s coronavirus testing as the region braces for a major winter storm. The state of Rhode Island has over 400 miles of coastline. To protect public safety, all state parks and beaches, along with their parking areas, will be closed beginning Friday, April 3, until further notice. You can go to the grocery store or the pharmacy, but that’s it. � Lehigh High Grove, Portsmouth Let us know in the comments below. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RhodeIslandDEM or on Twitter (@RhodeIslandDEM) for timely updates. Coronavirus In Newport: Parks, Beaches To Close NEWPORT, RI — Following the lead of other communities and the state, the City of Newport will be closing several parks and beaches … For the latest information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) visit the Rhode Island Department of Health. For details on safety guidelines, visit https://health.ri.gov/diseases/ncov2019/. This is a situation that DEM will be monitoring very closely. � Ninigret Conservation Area, Charlestown State of Emergency: The State of Rhode Island and The Town of South Kingstown have declared a State of Emergency. � Haines Memorial State Park, East Providence Other cities and counties have instituted their own closures, but no blanket bans like in the areas above. Rhode Island will continue to Pause through December 20. PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor is warning about impacts to the state's coronavirus testing as the region braces for a major winter storm. In Sydney and NSW, many beaches have closed including Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte, Coogee, Maroubra, Dee Why and Manly, and beach parking is closed or limited almost everywhere. � Beavertail State Park, Jamestown For instance, some counties in Florida have their beaches open and some do not (Brevard County is open to residents only); North Carolina’s Dare County (including the Outer Banks) is only open to residents, but no visitors are allowed access; and New York hasn’t closed the beaches, despite “stay at home” orders. Two weeks ago, South Africa instituted one of the most full-on lockdowns in the world. In doing so, Rhode Island joined the growing movement to keep beaches clean and to protect people and wildlife from the risks and ramifications of smoking at the beach. � Charlestown Breachway, Charlestown Virtual boardbuilding classes, food drives, mindfulness training, and more, Closures come after many other beaches in the state shut down. � Meshanticut State Park, Cranston � Fort Wetherill State Park, Jamestown RI Gov. � Burlingame State Campground, Charlestown Members of Newport City Council will convene for a virtual remote workshop on Thursday, December 17 at 4:30 pm. Additionally, State Parks have banned parking in their lots. DEM is responding to the evolving COVID-19 situation in a number of ways. � Roger W. Wheeler State Beach, Narragansett. In order to determine the opening dates for recreational facilities including parks, beaches and campgrounds, DEM will continue to work closely with the Governor and Dr. Alexander-Scott and her team at the Rhode Island Department of Health for guidance on this issue. And in western Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and Western Australia, beaches are still open but travel restrictions and social distancing measures are being enforced. � Fort Adams State Park, Newport Democratic Gov. The entrances are blocked, there is no public parking, and these facilities are closed to vehicular traffic. From state to state, county to county, the East Coast is a mixed bag when it comes to beach closures and surfing. Normally, in times of crisis, surfers turn to the water. The concentration of Enterocci bacteria in beach water samples is measured in cfu/100ml (colony forming units per 100 milliliters). � Misquamicut State Beach, Westerly (See above.). � Lincoln Woods State Park, Lincoln � Burlingame State Park, Charlestown Rhode Island Beaches. Wildlife Management Areas Rhode Island is asking Connecticut and Massachusetts residents to steer clear of its beaches this summer as the state tries to juggle increased traffic to its popular beaches … Gina Raimondo said the pause will run through Dec. 13 and is intended to reduce community transmission of the coronavirus by dialing down and … "During this critical time when we all must practice social distancing, I encourage Rhode Islanders to enjoy the outdoors close to home by taking a walk around the block or spending time in their backyards and to respect the closure and stay away from state parks and beaches.". 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