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St. Paul opens Phalen Beach for the summer

The beach had initially been shut down due to the coronairus.

After initially shutting it down for the summer, the City of St. Paul has announced that Phalen Beach will be opening after all.

The city has confirmed that the Phalen Regional Park Beach will officially open for the summer on Saturday, operating from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily with lifeguards on duty and public health guidelines in place.

It comes after an apparent downturn in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in Minnesota, and a loosening of social distancing restrictions by Gov. Tim Walz.

The city has also said that local splash pads are expected to open soon too, though the Como Regional Park Pool and Highland Park Aquatic Center will remain closed for the summer. 

The city says that showers, changing rooms, and flush toilets won't be available at the beach, with beachgoers told to maintain "good personal hygiene before their visit, arrive in their swim clothes, and bring hand sanitizer if possible."

It's also asking that people spend no more than 2 hours to allow others to use the beach, and visitors are asked to keep 6 feet of distance from others.

"Although lifeguards will be on duty and health and safety guidelines in place, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation advises visitors to use Phalen Beach at their own risk," the city said.

"Admission to the beach is free and all are welcome, however, public health officials advise those who are sick, exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or at a higher risk of illness to avoid visiting public places at this time."

Minneapolis has also recently taken steps to bring lifeguards back to its closed beaches, though that was in response to an increase in water emergencies.

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