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Town of Hempstead rolls out 'concierge service' to help residents as beaches open Saturday

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Hempstead officials Friday announced a new “Coronavirus Concierge Service team” to help keep patrons socially distanced and safe amid the pandemic while the town prepares to welcome hundreds of beachgoers this Memorial Day weekend.

The initiative was introduced at a news conference at Town Park at Point Lookout. Hempstead Supervisor Don Clavin announced that the concierge team will help with parking guidance, directions to bathrooms and swimming locations and assistance with social distancing, among other responsibilities. The town will also give out hand sanitizers, gloves and face masks.

“We’re trying to put forth the steps to protect not only you but our co-workers here in the Town of Hempstead,” Clavin said.

Lifeguards will be on duty starting Saturday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. daily at town beaches.

Protocols put in place to protect residents include:

Pamphlets with the information will be handed out to residents when they visit the beaches.

The Town of Hempstead operates the Town Park at Point Lookout, Lido Beach Town Park, Lido West Town Park, Town Park at Sands and also provides lifeguards for Nickerson Beach, which is run by Nassau County.

Town Councilman Christopher Carini, whose district covers Point Lookout and Lido Beach, praised Nassau County lawmakers for their decision to limit beaches to county residents.

“One of the concerns of my residents, in my district, was the fifty percent capacity,” Carini said. “This will do a lot to alleviate the concerns of the residents here so that we could enjoy our beaches.”