It's almost as if these eight Connecticut beaches are "getting out" on behalf of the state's "good behavior," as it relates to the fact that our state has been doing a better job than most in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

According to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), the following inland beaches throughout Connecticut will be open to the public beginning Saturday, July 18:

  • Black Rock State Park in Watertow
  • Lake Waramaug State Park in Kent.
  • Stratton Brook State Park in Simsbury
  • Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford
  • Day Pond State Park in Colchester
  • Gay City State Park in Hebron
  • Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth
  • Hopeville Pond State Park in Griswold

DEEP says the re-opening of the eight public beaches are the direct result of the improved Coronavirus situation in Connecticut, and are based the amount of available space each of the parks have to allow for the proper social distancing measures. According to the department, the state's ability to keep the aforementioned beaches open for the remainder summer season relies on visitors' ability and willingness to "recreate responsibly."

“It is an encouraging step that we are able to provide more amenities and services at this time as a result of the state’s progress in reducing infection rates,” said Commisioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Katie Scharf Dykes.  “Our continued progress toward re-opening at a safe, responsible pace relies on the public’s adherence to proven practices of wearing masks and social distancing for the well-being of everyone.  Cooperation in this area will ensure we can continue to provide, and gradually increase, accessibility to our valuable outdoor recreation areas.”

Visitors to state beaches are expected to maintain a distance of 15 feet between blankets and six feet from other visitors not in their household. Anytime visitors are either in the water or seated on their blanket, masks or face coverings are expected to be worn.

In addition to the eight inland beaches listed above, Seaside State Park in Waterford and the marsh boardwalk at Silver Sands State Park in Milford will also open on Saturday.

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