The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis. Based on guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to the park is as follows:
Trails and shorelines throughout Gateway National Recreation Area.
Sandy Hook is open to the public from 5 am to 7 pm. Capacity at Sandy Hook is limited to 50% of total. All other hours of operation remain the same. Visit here to find hours of operation.
Campgrounds are closed until June 30.
Floyd Bennett Field is closed until further notice.
All playgrounds are closed until further notice.
The following visitor centers, ranger stations and museums are closed until further notice:
- Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
- Ryan Visitor Center (Floyd Bennett Field)
- Sandy Hook Lighthouse and Visitor Center
- History House
- Fort Hancock Museum
- Gun Batteries and Fortifications (Fort Tilden, Fort Wadsworth, Sandy Hook)
Permanent bathrooms are currently closed. Port-a-johns are available throughout the park.
All public and educational programs have been canceled until further notice.
Permits (fishing/parking and GKP boat ramp) are not being issued until further notice. 2019 permits are being honored.
Picnicking is not permitted until further notice. Picnic areas at Riis Beach, Fort Tilden (Jamaica Bay Unit), Guardian Park (Sandy Hook), and Miller Field (Staten Island) are closed until further notice.
The following parking lots are closed in the Sandy Hook Unit:
- Parking Lot A
- North Beach/K Lot
While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited. When recreating, please follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, and avoid crowding and high-risk outdoor activities.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.