3rd Update: Town Beaches Closed, LaGuardia Flights Curtailed

Huntington closed town beaches Friday because of the continuing air quality problems caused by Canadian wildfires. Air quality around the state is rated unhealthy.

LaGuardia Airport paused inbound flights to the airport because of the smoke.

The state said Friday that will make available about one million high-quality N95-style masks, including at Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station, Fulton Center, Jamaica station and the Port Authority bus terminal.


Several outdoor or after-school activities were canceled or postponed Wednesday because of the poor air quality caused by Canadian wildfires.

Widespread haze and widespread smoke are expected to continue at least through Wednesday night.

The state recommended that individuals consider limiting strenuous outdoor physical activity to reduce risks.

People who may be especially sensitive to the effects of
elevated levels of pollutants include the very young, and those with pre-existing respiratory problems such as asthma or heart disease.

Flights at LaGuardia and Newark have been delayed. The Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees both canceled home games.

UPDATED  The boys lacrosse semifinal games for state championships, which were scheduled Wednesday at upstate locations, were moved to  Friday. Among the eight postponed games was Cold Spring Harbor against Pleasantville.

“The safety of our student-athletes is the highest priority right now,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, Executive Director of the  New York State Public High School Athletic Association. “After closely monitoring the air quality reports in the last 24 hours, it is evident the outdoor environment is unsafe for our athletes to compete in interscholastic athletics at this time. We will continue to closely monitor the forecast and air quality reports, and communicate as frequently as possible with our member schools and the public.”

Those with symptoms should consider consulting their personal

School districts began notifying families early Wednesday morning that outdoor events such as field trips were canceled.

Check with your school district for further information.


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