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Drones could be used to monitor beaches in Newport, RI

Drones could be used to monitor beaches in Newport, RI

Drones could be used to monitor beaches in Newport, RI. Newport City Manager Joseph J. Nicholson, Junior is considering using drones to monitor mask-wearing and social-distancing on city beaches in the Atlantic coastal town.

Drones could be used to monitor beaches in Newport, RI

On July 8 Nicholson told the City Council that:

I would like to use them. We have one that is being repaired and we have one in the Police Department. We are discussing how to use them.

On July 14 during the biweekly council COVID-19 workshop, Nicholson showed a 30-second drone video of Easton’s Beach. It showed people properly socially distancing.

“It looks pretty good,” said Nicholson, according to Newport Now. “We will continue with our vigilance. We will continue with the drone flyovers at Easton’s [Beach]. Thus far, the staff has done an outstanding job with regards to the beach.”

According to Nicholson, the wearing of masks has greatly improved throughout Newport where volunteers have handed out 2,000 masks. However, throughout the summer more and more tourists will come and visit the beautiful coastal town and it is expected that the number of COVID-19 cases will increase as a result.

Earlier this week, we reported on another beach where drones were being used to monitor people and that was not appreciated by the nude and topless sunbathers. It will be interesting to see how the beach-patrolling drones will be received in Newport.

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