New York City
NYC's shorefront is really meant to be opened only to the immediate communities, and visitors are discouraged from using public transportation to reach the beaches since non-essential travel is still officially off-limits.
The state park beaches nearest the five boroughs include Jones Beach and Robert Moses State Park.
• Beaches must operate at 50% capacity or less, and heightened precautions are in place
• Social distancing must be practiced.
• Picnic areas, amusement parks, arcades, and playgrounds will all remain closed
• Will open beginning with the holiday weekend
• These beaches include Nickerson Beach Park, Smith Point County Park, and Cupsogue Beach County Park. This is good news for local residents but, be forewarned, each of these beaches is currently open to county residents only.
In Connecticut, Governor Ned Lamont said all state parks with beaches would open for the holiday weekend.
Any beach openings must take into account the social-distancing policies adopted by the state. These include no public gatherings of more than five, requiring face coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained, limiting parking capacity, and closing parking lots when capacity is reached. Additionally, beachgoers should place blankets at least 12 feet apart.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced local beaches, including those along the Jersey Shore and at state lakefronts, would open for the season Memorial Day weekend.
Sandy Hook National Seashore
• 5am-7pm daily
• Parking lot capacity is capped at 50% to limit crowd size
• The beach and adjacent boardwalk and promenade are open
• The boardwalk will be open for one-way travel in each direction
• Beach pass sales, both daily and seasonal, will be limited
Point Pleasant Beach
• The beach is open with capacity limitations in place; capacity will be limited on a first-come, first-served basis daily
• Social distancing is required, and groups of 10+ will not be admitted
• Masks are required when standing in line at access points, but won't be required on the beach
Island Beach State Park
• This state park is open for a variety of recreation, and passes are required
• The restroom in Swimming Area 1 is open, and masks are required to enter
• Lifeguards aren't on duty, yet, but should be for the holiday weekend
Long Beach Island
• Beach badges will be required beginning June 1
• A ban on rentals is also being lifted on that date
• Atlantic City's beach and boardwalk are both open for business, and seemingly drew big crowds last weekend
• Ocean City's boardwalk is open, and lifeguards are on duty starting Memorial Day weekend
• Beach passes will be required July 6 and beyond
• Bathrooms are open, and regularly cleaned, and hand-sanitizing stations are being set up along the boardwalk
• Wildwood's beach and boardwalk are open, and social-distancing is in effect
• Boardwalk eateries are open for takeout orders only.
• Cape May's beach and promenade are open for recreation; however, swimming and lounging are both still no-nos here
NJ.com has a good roundup of other local beaches and their status.