L.A. County beaches will reopen on Wednesday for recreational use, but parking will remain closed.
Under a phased plan to reopen L.A. County beaches, officials have marked midweek for recreational activities to resume with a new set of restrictions. Parking lots, bike paths, piers and boardwalks will remain closed for now.
This will be the first phase of reopening and will allow walking, running, swimming, and surfing from sunrise to sunset. However, the following will be forbidden: sunbathing, setting up umbrellas, coolers, beach chairs, gatherings, volleyball, and athletic competitions.
The reopening will be closely monitored and each beach may have its own set of guidelines or follow a slower reopening plan. It is not clear whether city beaches will be opening on Wednesday, but you can find all of L.A. County beaches on this map here.
On 5/13, LA Co. beaches reopen w/ the following rules:
• Individual/family activities & exercise ONLY
• No lying or sitting on sand, canopies, coolers or picnicking
• 6+ ft. physical distancing & masks REQUIRED
• Parking lots, bike path, piers & boardwalks remain CLOSED pic.twitter.com/SkGYuf51fM
— LA Beaches & Harbors (@lacdbh) May 11, 2020
According to Supervisor Janice Jahn, this phase will last around 6 weeks. She has outlined the phases to follow in the Tweet below.
This is Phase I of our plan to safely & gradually re-open our @CountyofLA beaches. This phase will last around 6 weeks.
➡️Phase II: Chairs/umbrellas allowed
➡️Phase III: Small gatherings allowed, volleyball courts open
➡️Phase IV: Normal operation resumeshttps://t.co/h3aopbT3Yx
— Janice Hahn (@SupJaniceHahn) May 11, 2020
Beachgoers should note that County beaches may be closed on July 4 due to the risk of unmanageable crowds, according to the public information officer for L.A. County’s Department of Beaches.
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