Yaman Beach close to re-opening

(Photo source: United Way for Cortland County/Facebook page)

Yaman Beach is close to welcoming the public back for fun in the sun, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend in the city of Cortland in about a week.

The beach was closed in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year, it will be open once again, said Cortland Youth Bureau director John McNerney.

“It seems like it’s been a long time, but we’re looking forward to having the beach open again,” he said.

Three hundred tons of sand was put down last month in preparation for the impending opening holiday weekend.

COVID-19 guidelines are in place for the beach, however, McNerney mentioned recently that guidelines could change after Gov. Cuomo said last week that some restrictions for beaches might be lifted.

 Here are the guidelines as follows (subject to change):

  • Masks are required on the beach
  • Masks are both not required and allowed in the water
  • Beach capacity will be limited to 50% (or 250 guests)
  • Practice social distancing by keeping six feet apart from others (unless with a group)
  • The beach will be divided into sections for groups of no more than 10
  • The bathhouse will be cleaned a minimum of three days by beach staff
  • Guests of the beach will maintain 10 feet apart between blankets, towels and chairs
  • A temperature check and questionnaire will take place at the entrance of the beach
  • A hand-sanitizing station will be available just inside the entrance

The beach, including Memorial Day Weekend, is open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until August.

For more information, go to the youth bureau website, or call them at 607-753-3021 for questions.