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Lifeguards Gone From State-Run Beaches — For Now

September 7, 2021

Labor Day was the last day of the year for lifeguards at many beaches in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The beaches run by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation will not be staffed with lifeguards for the rest of the year, as WCVB reports. These beaches typically have lifeguards on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

It marks the end of a summer plagued by a lifeguard staffing shortage across the state. To combat the labor shortage, the Department of Conservation and Recreation boosted lifeguard pay from $17/$18 an hour to $20/$21 an hour and offered a $500 end-of-the-season bonus for those who worked the entire season.

 

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