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The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) today announced that it recommends closing Fogland Beach in Tiverton, Gooseberry Beach in Newport, and Barrington Town Beach for swimming because of high bacteria levels.

RIDOH will continue to monitor and review beach water quality regularly to ensure safe bathing throughout the summer. The status of a beach may change as new data become available. The most up-to-date beach information is available through a recorded message on RIDOH’s beaches telephone line (401-222-2751).

2020 Beach Season Closures

BeachCity/TownClosed OnRe-OpenedNumber of Days Closed
2020 Statewide (for bacteria)    
Easton’s BeachNewport6/11/20206/13/20202
Goddard State Park BeachWarwick6/11/20206/13/20202
Easton’s BeachNewport6/23/20206/25/20202
Gooseberry BeachNewport6/24/20206/26/20202
Hazards BeachNewport6/24/20206/26/20202
North KingstownNorth Kingstown6/26/20206/27/20201
Westwood YMCACoventry7/2/20207/3/20201
Easton’s BeachNewport7/16/20207/17/20201
Third BeachMiddletown7/16/20207/18/20202
Scarborough Beach-SouthNarragansett7/21/20207/23/20202
Barrington Town BeachBarrington7/21/20207/22/20201
Dyer Woods Nudist CampgroundFoster7/24/20207/30/20206
Larkin’s Pond Beach ClubKingston7/28/20207/31/20203
Third BeachMiddletown8/6/20208/7/20201
Easton’s BeachNewport8/6/20208/7/20201
Peabody’s BeachMiddletown8/6/20208/8/20202
Camp Ruggles (Iron’s Homestead)Glocester8/12/20208/18/20206
Episcopal Conference Center BeachBurrilleville8/13/208/15/20202
Spouting Rock (Bailey’s) BeachNewport8/13/20208/15/20202
Peabody’s BeachMiddletown8/18/2020  
Gooseberry BeachNewport8/19/2020  
Barrington Town BeachBarrington8/19/2020  
Fogland BeachTiverton8/19/2020 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has made this beach season unique. The beach experience will be different for visitors than in previous years. RIDOH strongly recommends that whether in the sand or the waves, beachgoers follow physical distancing guidelines, keeping a minimum distance of six 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 six 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.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.