As of Saturday, July 25 Stamford beaches are restricted on weekends and holidays to Stamford residents and those with an annual beach parking permit. The City of Stamford says this follows concerns of a possible second wave of COVID-19 and potential overcrowding at Stamford beaches.
Additionally, the number of vehicles allowed at Cove Beach, Cummings Beach, and West Beach will be limited to 75 percent of capacity (for example, a parking lot with 100 spaces will be limited to 75 spaces).
Stamford residents — whether coming by car or walking to the beach — should bring proof of Stamford residency to gain access to the beach. Each Stamford resident may also bring an accompanying guest. Guests from states outlined in Connecticut’s Travel Advisory must complete 14 days of quarantine.
Nonresidents make up the majority of “walk ins” and daily parking passes sold in Stamford. Restricting beach access to Stamford residents will effectively reduce overcrowding, and discourage travelers from out-of-state who may unknowingly spread the virus to our community.
“While Stamford has always prided itself as a welcoming community, I have an obligation to put our residents’ health and safety first during this continuing pandemic,” said Mayor David Martin. “With the very real possibility of overcrowding this summer, our beaches must be restricted to residents until we can ensure the health of our community. I know Stamford’s community will remain welcoming and accepting of individuals from different communities and backgrounds once we overcome this pandemic.”
With the massive spike in COVID-19 cases across the nation — and growing concerns of residents adhering to life-saving health and safety guidelines — health officials have recommended stronger enforcement of gathering locations that can become vectors for spreading COVID-19. Stamford’s COVID-19 cases peaked in April and have since steadily declined, but the City continues to have new cases every single week.
Enforcement of overcrowding will help address infection concerns, but individual adherence to health and safety guidelines is the only way to limit the spread of COVID-19. Residents are advised to continue wearing masks, maintain six feet of distance from others, and wash hands frequently.
If you still need a beach permit, we have information on how to get them here!