Gary, Indiana To Close Beaches For 2 Weeks Because Of Coronavirus Fears

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The city of Gary, Indiana is closing its beaches for two weeks, with Mayor Jerome Prince citing a rise in coronavirus cases.

The closures take effect Wednesday.

City spokesman Michael Gonzalez says the beaches have been full of visitors during the recent stretch of warm weather, and Prince thinks that could be related to the rise in the number of confirmed daily cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.

"We've been inundated with locals and out-of-town folks, out-of-town visitors filling our beaches. For the sake of social distancing and to combat this virus, Mayor Prince took his steps to temporarily close the beaches," Gonzalez said Tuesday.

Gary will review COVID metrics in two weeks. Officials hope the city's new mask order will help drive numbers down, Gonzalez said.

The beach closings come as other cities along the lakefront have imposed restrictions during the continuing pandemic. Michigan City, Indiana temporarily closed its beaches, saying too many out-of-towners were crowding the lakeshore.