The Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve in Merrick reopened to the public yesterday, May 19, but visitors will have to follow "additional guidelines," according to a release from the Town of Hempstead.
The new protocols are a response to the "ongoing outbreak of Covid-19," the release read. Residents looking to venture to the preserve for some fresh air or exercise must wear masks and practice social distancing. Additionally, all tours, jitney rides and ranger-guided kayak tours are suspended until further notice.
The park hours for May through August will be 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and entrance gates will close 30 minutes prior to closing time.
The ranger station is closed to the public, but residents can still call (516) 804-2000 for assistance. Pamphlets and tide tables are available in the brochure boxes outside the station, as well as on the kiosk in the park.
Are you planning to visit the preserve now that it's reopen? Or will you continue to stay home? Email editor Alyssa Seidman (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know!