UPDATED May 22, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions for Silver Gull Beach Club & Breezy Point Surf Club
Q. Will the Beach Clubs open this summer?
A. We expect to commence limited operations on May 29, 2020 but will delay our opening date in accordance with any subsequent “New York on PAUSE” determinations. We continue working with the NPS to determine which changes in operations and services we will implement and will follow New York City and State guidance and any changes thereto.
Q. How does New York City’s decision to close city pools affect the beach clubs?
A. We will act in partnership with the NPS in protecting the park and its visitors. The National Park Service has determined that we are required to follow the guidelines and protocols identified by The City of New York (NYC). The intent is to remain consistent with the health-related management decisions that are being made by and for our local jurisdictions. Until further notice, or until there is a change in management direction by NYC, the pools must remain closed.
Q. What does “changes in operations and services” mean?
A. When we open for the season, there will be significant modifications to typical operations and services in order to comply with social distancing and other public health and safety recommendations. As such, the following will be permitted or available:
• Beach access is permitted however no swimming is allowed
• Take-out and delivery of food and non-alcoholic beverages
• Use of restrooms for passholders
No other use of accommodations will be allowed. No outside food or beverage will be permitted.
Q. When will swimming at the beaches be allowed?
A. NYC has made the decision to prohibit swimming or bathing on beaches in an effort to minimize crowds and gatherings during this stage of the pandemic. Gateway National Recreation Area will manage its beaches consistently. Until NYC lifts prohibitions on swimming at beaches, visitors will not be allowed in the water at park beaches, including those beaches adjacent to the Beach Clubs.
Q. Are cabanas closed?
A. Yes, for now. “New York on PAUSE” remains in effect for the New York City region as the metropolitan area has not met the Phase 1 benchmarks identified in the Governor’s plan. Use cabanas is restricted until the corresponding phase of the Governor’s plan for reopening is in effect https://forward.ny.gov/industriesreopening-phase. We will continue working closely with the National Park Service and evaluate the types of activity permitted to take place at the Beach Clubs as the guidance changes and restrictions are lifted accordingly. We are in ongoing discussions regarding future activities and operations.
Q. Will I have to pay the same fees for scaled back services, accommodations, or operations?
A. There will be a daily admission charge of $15.00 per person. While we are charging a daily admission fee, this is separate from your season Passholder fee. Until we open the cabanas, we will NOT be assessing any season Passholder fees.
Q. I have already paid for the 2020 season. Will you extend the cancellation deadline in expectation of a delayed opening?
A. We have extended the cancellation deadline through June 30th, 2020. Passholders who wish to cancel their reservations for the 2020 season may do so until June 30th, 2020 and will receive a full refund less applicable transaction fees.
Q. Can I still pay for the 2020 season now?
A. We have decided not to accept new reservations. Passholders should hold off on making any additional payments until provided further instruction.
Q. If I elect to cancel for the 2020 season, will I be able to retain my same accommodations for 2021?
A. Yes. We will issue correspondence identifying how you may secure those same accommodations for the 2021 season in 2020.
Additional information can be found here:
• Silver Gull: https://nysilvergull.com/
• Breezy Point Surf Club: https://nybreezypoint.com/
• Gateway National Recreation Area: https://www.nps.gov/gate
Contact Jamie Blatman with questions at 347.757.4299 (leave a voicemail) or
[email protected] As always, calls and emails will be responded to in a timely