Mass. state coastal beaches remain open — but don’t plan on getting a tan. Here’s what to know.


Massachusetts’s state-managed coastal seashores stay open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, however beach-goers are restricted in what they’re allowed to do.

And coastal seashore parking areas are actually quickly closed, as of Friday afternoon, in response to the state Department of Conservation & Recreation.

In addition, state-managed hockey rinks, campgrounds, golf programs, playgrounds, customer facilities, and athletic fields and courts are all closed by way of May 4, when the division will reassess the scenario.

On Monday, Massachusetts State Police patrolled the realm close to Castle Island in South Boston to implement the no parking order, in response to a spokesman.

But state-managed coastal seashores are nonetheless open, albeit for passive leisure actions “that only involve transitory movement (walking, jogging, running, etc.),” DCR says.

“Sitting, sunbathing, and other stationary recreational activities are prohibited on state beaches,” the division says on its web site. “Additionally, athletic and recreational activities that bring participants into close, physical contact are prohibited.”

Here are the Boston seashore parking areas which have quickly closed, in response to DCR:

Carson Beach, M-Street Beach, Pleasure Bay, and Castle Island
Day Boulevard, South Boston
“Parking lots at McCormack Bathhouse, WWII Memorial, Murphy Rink, and Castle Island are closed. On-street parking along ocean side of Day Boulevard from Columbia Road to Farragut Road is closed. All parking on Day Blvd. from Farragut Road to Shore Road is closed.”

Malibu Beach, Savin Hill and Tenean Beach
“Parking lots at Malibu Beach and Savin Hill Beach off Denny Street are closed. Parking lot at Tenean Beach off Conley Street is closed.”

Constitution Beach Park
Barnes Avenue, East Boston
“Porrazzo Ice Rink Beach Parking Area is closed.”

Check out the total statewide listing of closings.

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