Beach-goers brace for limited parking capacity at Scarborough and Misquamicut beaches

Starting Thursday parking at Scarborough State Beach and Misquamicut Beach will be reduced to 25 percent capacity.

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WLNE) – Starting Thursday parking at Scarborough State Beach and Misquamicut Beach will be reduced to 25 percent capacity.

That’s down from just a few weeks ago when Governor Raimondo had allowed the lots to be filled to 75 percent capacity.

Beach-goers at Scarborough Beach Wednesday tell us they think the decision is necessary with the crowds they’ve been seeing.

“It’s definitely been at times a little bit more crowded than I would feel comfortable with,” said Jonah Woodcock.

“You couldn’t put towels – there was no six feet apart,” said Kelly Mitchell of recent weekends. “Everyone on the beach, in the water – everyone is super close to each other.”

State officials, noticing the amount of people on the beaches this past weekend, led the governor to announce they would be limiting parking at the two state beaches.

“No matter where you’re going you’re always next to someone,” said Kloey Young. “It’s pretty impossible to be six feet apart or even two feet apart.”

The hope is that with less room to park, less people will show up.

It’s all in an effort to prevent any resurgence of the virus in the Ocean State.

“When it gets overcrowded it’s understandable that you have to be able to maintain some level of social distance,” said Mia Ortiz. “So I completely understand why the governor might want to be cautious.”

Others told ABC 6 they think people will get themselves to the beach either way.

“Doing that won’t accomplish very much because if people want to be out with one another they’re going to be out with one another and I don’t think we’re stopping very much,” said Dominic Martin.

It is supposed to be in the 90s this weekend. Because of that many said they will be getting up early to get a spot on the sand.

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