BARRINGTON, RI — Barrington Town Beach was recommended to reopen on Thursday one day after it was one of three beaches the Rhode Island Department of Health recommended closing to swimming due to high bacteria levels.
The RI Department of Health also recommended closing Fogland Beach in Tiverton and Gooseberry Beach in Newport on Wednesday afternoon.
RIDOH said it will monitor and review beach water quality regularly, and update the status as necessary for the three beaches closed to swimming. The most up-to-date beach information is available through a recorded message on RIDOH's beaches telephone line 401-222-2751.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has made this beach season unique. The beach experience will be different for visitors than in previous years. RIDOH said it strongly recommends that whether in the sand or the waves, beachgoers follow physical distancing guidelines, keeping a minimum distance of 6 feet from people outside their household or stable group.
While at the beach this summer, it is recommended that you wear a face covering in any crowded area (for example, the bathroom, concessions areas, or parking lots during busy times). However, face coverings are not required when you are easily, continuously, and measurably at least 6 feet from others. Face coverings should not be worn while swimming or playing in the water. When you follow these guidelines, you are doing your part to keep yourself and others safe and healthy.