At a Wednesday afternoon online news conference, Mayor Emily Larson announced that the city will continue to allow for the public use of its beaches at a time when other cities, including Minneapolis, have not due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

"We are doing what we can to help the beach be safe and still open, because we know it's important to give people an opportunity to spread out, to feel the sunshine and to socially connect in a way that's really important right now," Larson said, adding: "There's plenty of beach for everybody."

Duluth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj noted that while the city's beaches are open, they will not be staffed with lifeguards, due to current budget constraints. He urged people to follow red-, green- and yellow-flag advisories showing when it's safe and unsafe to enter the water, as the city continues to monitor conditions, including the prospects for rip currents with help from the National Weather Service.

He said people also can check on conditions by visiting parkpointbeach.org.

Krizaj encouraged beach-goers to maintain social distancing, to limit group sizes and to stay home if they have any signs of illness.

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The Park Point Beach House, its playgrounds and fountains will remain closed to the public in light of the ongoing efforts to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

This story's headline was originally misleading. It was updated at 8:16 a.m. June 4 with a new headline. The News Tribune regrets the error.