Ahead of the unofficial start to summer, Governor Andrew Cuomo is announcing beaches and pools in New York State are clear to open.

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The Democrat this week announced beaches and pools will operate with six-foot social distancing in anticipation of Memorial Day.

Cuomo says the goal is to have the pools and beaches open to 100 percent capacity by July 4.

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The announcement was made before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on May 13 announced data indicating people who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 were at very low risk for getting or spreading the coronavirus and, therefore, did not have to wear masks or social distance so long as state and local rules allow.

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.