Easton's Beach on June 27, 2020

By City of Newport

The City of Newport is advising beachgoers ahead of the Fourth of July weekend to follow all City and State guidelines when visiting Easton’s Beach and will be paying particular attention to individuals who are not wearing face coverings while in public.

With favorable weather forecast for the holiday weekend, the City will be stepping up its efforts to ensure beachgoers maintain compliance with state health regulations associated with the COVID-19 outbreak.

All those visiting Easton’s Beach will be urged to be mindful of social distancing rules and to wear a face mask while walking to and from their vehicles or while visiting the snack bar and restrooms.

The City’s face mask requirement will be reinforced across the City through signage, public announcements, and public safety personnel who will be on hand throughout the holiday weekend. Police will be patrolling not only Easton’s Beach, but also Bailey’s Beach East, the Cliff Walk, and the downtown corridor to monitor for individuals who are not abiding by State and Local COVID-19 related guidelines. 

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Because the beach is still operating at a reduced capacity, beachgoers are also advised to plan to arrive to early as parking will be limited. Parking lots will be open and lifeguards on staff from 8 a.m., with gates be locked promptly at 9 p.m.

If you plan to use picnic tables, please bring your own table covering or sanitizing wipes and be mindful of those around you.

For the time being, the carousel, Save the Bay Aquarium and showers remain closed. Access to the Easton’s Beach playground and Rotunda Ballroom will also be off-limits.

For those traveling to the beach by car, daily parking rates for the Fourth of July weekend will be set at $25 per car Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Parking fees will be collected by debit or credit card only through the City’s new contactless electronic ticket machines.

The Center Lot #2 will be reserved for Newport residents only, so please be prepared to offer a form of proof of residency

Seasonal beach parking stickers are available to Newport residents only at a cost of $50 per sticker, or $30 for those 65 years and older.

To download an application, please visit www.CityofNewport.com/BeachStickers.

Applicants will be required to provide a copy of a valid driver’s license along with a current vehicle registration with license plate number of expiration date. Applications should be mailed, along with payment, directly to the Martin Recreation Center at 35 Golden Hill Street, Newport, R.I. 02840. Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received and stickers will be issued via mail only.

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