FAIRFIELD — Concerns about overcrowded beaches prompted town officials to announce Friday that the beaches would be closed to non-residents this weekend, and for weekends going forward, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick said the decision was made after “recurring overcrowding” at the beaches and “dangerous traffic backups” in the beach area neighborhoods.

Valid A or M stickers will be required for parking and proof. Kupchick said proof of residency will be required for all walk-in patrons.

“This policy will apply to weekends only,” she said.

Kupchick also reminded residents to wear a face covering when physical distancing of six feet cannot be maintained.