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R.I. closes parking lots after beaches reach capacity; some parks in CT close too

Jul 13, 2020

Parking lots at Rhode Island state beaches were closed Sunday morning after hitting capacity before mid-day, while Connecticut officials said several parks were also closed before noon after also reaching the maximum capacity allowed during social distancing.


Parking lots at Rhode Island state beaches were closed Sunday morning after hitting capacity before mid-day, while Connecticut officials said several parks were also closed before noon after also reaching the maximum capacity allowed during social distancing.

Here’s the latest coronavirus-related news from around the region:

Rhode Island

Parking lots at every state beach in Rhode Island reached capacity Sunday as the temperature soared to 93 degrees, the state Department of Environmental management reported.

Capacity at the lots has been limited to ensure social distancing on the sand.

The Rhode Island Blood Center has also put out a call for donors because even though the need for blood has rebounded to pre-pandemic levels as hospitals resume elective and non-critical surgeries, donor participation has not.

About 50% of the region’s blood supply comes from mobile blood drives, but from March through June, most of those were canceled because of the pandemic. And even though blood drives have resumed, they are not being scheduled at pre-pandemic levels, blood center spokesperson Kara LeBlanc said in a statement.

In addition, about one-fifth of the people who make appointments to donate blood do not show up.

The state should have a seven-day inventory of all blood types on hand, but that has dropped to a two- to three-day supply, she said.

Connecticut

Several Connecticut state parks closed their gates before noon Sunday after quickly reaching their visitor limits.

The state has reduced by half the number of people allowed in the parks during the coronavirus pandemic to allow for social distancing.

By Sunday morning, at least eight parks, including Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme and Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, were already at capacity, NBC Connecticut reported.

Massachusetts

A week after most of the rest of Massachusetts, Boston is scheduled to enter the third phase of its coronavirus economic restart on Monday.

Under the plan, movie theaters, museums and historical sites, as well as gyms are among the businesses allowed to reopen with appropriate public health measures in place, including social distancing and mask-wearing.

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