Block Island cancels triathlon, ready for summer tourism with restrictions

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (WLNE) — Summer on Block Island will look different this year.

Tuesday morning, the New Shoreham Recreation Board decided to officially cancel the 2020 Block Island Triathlon and Soccer Classic.

“That was following the guidance of Governor Raimondo,” said David Sniffen, the Recreation Director for the Island.

Adult recreation leagues are also on hold following further guidance from the state.

Kids summer camps will still occur. Camp Mohegan has been moved entirely outdoors and will have limited enrollment.

Starting Saturday the beach pavilion is set to re-open. Concession stands will be accepting credit cards for the first time ever to limit on cash transactions.

Beach go-ers will not be required to wear facemasks on the sand, but they will be required to wear them at the pavilion or in the restrooms.

There is also a new protocol in terms of beach rentals.

“Our rental agents wear gloves and masks if handling any equipment,” explained Sniffen. “Returns are in a different location and are sanitized,” he said, “then used again the following day. They are not used the same day.”

Visitors will be required to wear a facemask on the Block Island Ferry.

The recreation board is also looking into moving forward with a drive-in movie plan.

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