Can I visit beaches and go swimming?

Can I swim at beaches and state parks this summer?

Yes, you can go swimming at shoreline and inland state parks in the 2021 season. You do not have to wear a mask while outdoors, but masks are encouraged when distancing is not possible. 

Lifeguards will be deployed at Connecticut's eight inland and all shoreline beaches if adequate staffing allows. Lifeguard crews will begin working on Memorial Day weekend. If a beach doesn't have lifeguards there will be signs posted that read, “No lifeguards on duty.” Lifeguards will also be trained in preventing virus transmission, including while providing CPR. If you are interested in being a lifeguard for the 2021 season, please visit our Lifeguard Program page for more information. 

Permanent food concessions will be opening on May 29, 2021 and serving the following beaches this coming season:

  • Rocky Neck
  • Hammonasset Beach
  • Gillette Castle
  • Silver Sands
  • Sherwood Island State Parks
Visitors are required to follow social distancing protocols and maintain six feet of separation while waiting in line at food concessions.