Town Beaches Prepare for Possible Influx of People as State Beaches Limit Capacity

Hot and humid weekend weather, combined with limited parking & capacity at state beaches, could drive beachgoers to the normally quieter town beaches.

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WARREN, R.I. (WLNE) – It’s been a quiet Friday at Warren Town Beach, thanks to the clouds and the showers.  But, it’s likely to turn much busier with a hot and humid weekend ahead.  In addition, limited capacity at state beaches could spark even higher demand for a spot on the sand at those normally less busy town beaches.

Warren Town Manager Kate Michaud says, “We’re prepared to welcome anyone who comes to town.  We have a very small beach parking lot in the first place. We only have about 65 parking spaces.”

Warren’s town manager, Kate Michaud, says the rules at their beach are very similar to the state’s rules.

Michaud says, “Anytime you can’t maintain that six feet of distance, it’s really important for people to wear their mask.”

She says they’ll have staff at the beach reminding people to keep a safe distance from one another.  And, if you show up without a mask…

Michaud says, “Our police officers have been equipped with plenty of masks, and they will be handing them out to members of the public for anyone who might need one.”

If the beach itself gets too crowded, and you don’t have to be right on the sand or in the water, she says there are plenty of other spots nearby to catch a sea breeze.

Michaud says, “We’d ask you to instead maybe set up across the street at the park and sit under a tree and enjoy the breeze there.  We’d encourage people to take advantage of the whole town, and maybe not just the beach.”

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