Coronavirus: Yorktown Beach is now closed

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Yorktown Beach. (WYDaily file)
Yorktown Beach. (WYDaily file)

York County has officially closed Yorktown Beach due to social distancing concerns.

Gail Whittaker, the county’s spokeswoman, wrote in a news release Monday this includes all activities, the National Park Service Beach Picnic Area and the park service’s beach west of the Coleman Bridge.

“There were quite a few people on the beach sunbathing on Sunday,” Whittaker said, adding there were also reports of teens hanging out in the evening.

All public restrooms are also closed at the waterfront and Yorktown fishing pier. However, Riverwalk Landing pathway will remain open with social distancing measures.

“My hope in limiting the beach to pedestrian-only activity last week was for citizens to enjoy the beauty of the beach area while maintaining their distance and reducing their chance of exposure,” York County Administrator Neil Morgan said in a news release. “Unfortunately, in the interests of public health and safety, all beach activity is now prohibited. To be clear, the sand on both sides of the bridge is off limits.”

On March 24, York County closed parts of Yorktown Beach, prohibiting swimming and sunbathing.

As of Monday, there are 73 positive cases in James City County, 18 in Newport News, 11 in York County, 9 in Hampton, 7 in Williamsburg and 2 in Poquoson, according to the Virginia Department of Health’s website.

There are 1,020 cases statewide and 25 deaths. Eight people from the Peninsula Health District have died from the coronavirus.

The Peninsula Health District covers Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, James City County and York County. The Hampton Health District covers Hampton.

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