How will COVID-19 affect my visit

Gateway National Recreation Area is open, but there are some changes in operations- UPDATED May 13, 2022.

Hours of Operation

Sandy Hook: 6 am to 8 pm
Canarsie Pier and Jacob Riis Park: 6 am to 10 pm
All Other Jamaica Bay Sites: 6 am to 9 pm
Staten Island Units: 6 am to 9 pm


  • Sandy Hook, Monmouth County, has reached High COVID-19 Community Level as identified by the CDC. Masks are required for everyone in all NPS buildings, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Masks are optional in Jamaica Bay and Staten Island buildings and crowded outdoor spaces.

We will continue to use the CDC's COVID-19 community level tool, for decision making.

Masks remain required on all forms of public transit that operate within parks, including busses, trains, and boats/ferries, and in indoor transportation hubs.

Visitor Centers

The visitor centers at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Fort Wadsworth, and Sandy Hook are open on Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 4 pm. Ranger program are also available. Visit our event calendar for more information and to make a reservation. Reservations are required for most ranger programs at this time.

Permit Updates:

The sale of 2022 archery permits, fishing/parking access permits , and Great Kills Park Boat Ramp parking permits has ended for this year. They were on sale through April 30, 2022. 2022 off-road permits are sold out for the year.

Sports League Permits (Fort Tilden, Frank Charles Park, Miller Field)

Sports leagues permits for low and medium impact sports are now available. Permits are only available through phone call, e-mail, or appointment.

Please contact the Jamaica Bay Unit, Permit Office (718) 758-3675 or the Staten Island Permit Office (718) 354-7122 for updated information for sports league permits.

Other Information

Basketball and tennis courts have reopened throughout the park Participants should continue to wear face coverings, follow social distancing protocols and avoid participating in high-contact games such as pick-up basketball.

Playgrounds are open throughout the park.

Last updated: May 16, 2022

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