With the reopening of the beaches, San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer underscored the importance of physical distancing ahead of the first phase of the reopening of the beaches.
The decision to reopen the beaches was made after the County of San Diego amended its COVID-19 public health order to allow for the limited reopening of coastal waters.
“The state of California’s stay-at-home order is still in effect. The only way beaches can reopen and stay open is if the regulations developed by public health officials and regional lifeguards are followed,”Mayor Faulconer said in a statement released Sunday.
“Public health concerns from overcrowding led to the closure of beaches in the first place back in March, and decisions will continue to be made with the goal of protecting the well-being of every San Diegan. Please stay classy, San Diego,” he added.
Effective Monday at sunrise beaches will open, but there will be some restrictions under the first phase of the plan.
There will be limited reopenings of the beaches/shorelines, as it only allows walking and running; there will be no stopping, sitting, or laying down. At the ocean, activities are limited to swimming, surfing, and single-person paddle boarding and kayaking. While on the bay, single-person paddle boarding and kayaking are allowed and no swimming is permitted.
Under the first phase the boardwalk, piers, parking lots, and fiesta island will still be closed.
For stricter measures, gathering, non-physical distancing activities and boating are prohibited.
The implementation date for the second phase of beach, bay and ocean re-openings in the City of San Diego will be made in coordination with County public health officials.
Some San Diegans are clamoring for the reopening of the beaches and parks within the county before the scheduled reopening.
Meanwhile, the beaches of Del Mar and Solana will remain closed.
In a joint statement said, “city leaders say their beaches will remain closed until farther notice.”
Both cities did not approve the phased approach to reopening established by the county and coastal cities.