Update – June 12 at 11 pm

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommends reopening Easton’s Beach (also known as First Beach) for swimming because bacteria counts have returned to safe 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).

Update – June 11 at 9 pm

RIDOH Recommends Reopening Goddard State Park Beach for Swimming

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommends reopening Goddard State Park Beach for swimming because bacteria counts have returned to safe 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).

Original Story – June 10 at 5:35 pm

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) this evening announced that it recommends closing Goddard Park Beach in Warwick and  Easton’s Beach (also known as First Beach) in Newport for swimming because of high bacteria levels.

RIDOH says that it will continue to monitor and review beach water quality regularly to ensure safe bathing throughout the summer season. 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).

Historically, beach closures in Rhode Island have been closely tied to precipitation.

2021 Beach Season Closures

BeachCity/TownClosed OnRe-OpenedNumber of Days Closed
2021 Statewide (for bacteria)    
Goddard State Park BeachWarwick6/10/21  
Easton’s BeachNewport6/10/21 

For more information and updates, visit https://health.ri.gov/data/beaches/

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).