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A statement from DCR Commissioner re: Beaches in Southie

Please be advised:

“M Street Beach and Carson Beach are some of the most popular destinations within the state parks system, and while they remain open and available for the public to use, it is incredibly important that all visitors practice social distancing, avoid crowds, and wear masks or face coverings when unable to maintain proper social distance. Furthermore, we ask that all visitors respect local parking rules, posted signage, and other guidance to ensure a fun, safe experience for all.” – said Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Jim Montgomery

Background:

  • ​In accordance with Governor Baker’s emergency order issued on Thursday, April 2, 2020, only transitory activities, such as walking, jogging, and biking, and solitary fishing are allowed at state beaches.
  • ​Swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, and similar activities are not transitory activities, and are not currently allowed at state beaches under the emergency order.
  • ​​The order does not apply to inland waterfronts and beach areas. The public is able to engage in non-transitory activities where normally allowed throughout the state parks system; however, individuals should continue to practice social distancing, wear facial masks when necessary, avoid groups of ten or more people, and follow additional guidance​ issued by the Baker-Polito Administration to aid in the prevention of spreading the COVID-19 virus.​
  • While beaches remain open and are popular destinations, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) asks the public to refrain from visiting if crowds are forming at these locations, particularly during high visitation days/times, such as weekend use. When visiting the state parks system and other public places, the agency also offers the following guidance:

 

    • If a park is crowded, please consider leaving the area and either visiting a different location or returning at a later date or time (typically state parks are less busy during the week and/or early in the morning);
    • Follow posted rules, such as the agency’s current “carry in, carry out” policy regarding trash and other waste;
    • Stay within solitary or small groups, and avoid gatherings of ten or more people;
    • Practice social distancing of at least six feet between individuals;
    • Wear a facial mask or covering in public;
    • Participate in only non-contact recreational activities;
    • Practice healthy personal hygiene, such as hand-washing for at least 20 seconds; and,
    • Stay home if ill, over 70, and/or part of a vulnerable population.
  • Additionally, the agency asks park users to visit locations that are within walking distance, a short drive from home, or stay within residential neighborhoods to minimize the crowding of parks and other natural resources. In an effort to aid park users, the department continues to provide park alternatives throughout the state parks system using its Twitter and Instagram social media channels (@MassDCR). Additional information can also be found on the DCR’s Massachusetts State Parks COVID – 19 Update webpage.

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