San Diego City Beaches Reopen, With Restrictions
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Photo by Max Rivlin-Nadler
San Diego beaches will reopen at sunrise on Monday, but with restrictions. No group gatherings, no parking and no lying down to soak up the sun.
Phase 1 Rules
Phase 1, which allows limited coastal activities, takes effect Monday, April 27, 2020 at sunrise.
Beaches and shorelines: Only walking and running allowed. No stopping, sitting or lying down
Oceans and bays: Swimming, surfing, kayaking and single-person paddling allowed
Closed: Boardwalks, piers, parking lots and Fiesta Island
Not allowed anywhere: Gatherings and non-physical distancing activities
Source: City of San Diego
The city is implementing Phase 1 of its beach reopening plan. “In Phase 1, we get to run, we get to swim, we get to walk on the beach, we get to surf, and you get to fish,” said San Diego lifeguard chief James Gartland during a Saturday morning press conference in Mission Beach. “So we do get access to our beach back, but we want to remind everyone the stay-at-home order is still in effect.”
Beach parking lots will remain closed. Visitors will be allowed to run or walk on the shore, but San Diego lifeguards and police officers will be patrolling to make sure everyone maintains social distancing.
“There are going to be very strict protocols for this Phase 1, and they’re going to be strictly enforced,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer.
Earlier this week, San Diego reopened certain neighborhood parks around the city, after closing them for weeks in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“San Diegans have done a very good job this past week, with our neighborhood parks, adhering to all the social distancing,” Faulconer said. “It’s going to be incredibly important for Phase 1 that that spirit, cooperation, and adherence, transfers over to Phase 1 of the beach openings.”
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