As of Wednesday, all beaches in Los Angeles County are permitted to reopen, albeit with certain restrictions due to COVID-19.
The county is the most populated in the state of California, consisting of some of the most popular beaches, including Long Beach, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Marina Del Rey, and Santa Monica, to name a few.
While individuals and families can participate in ocean-related activities, such as surfing, swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding, things such as sunbathing, picnicking, biking, organized sports, and fishing are prohibited, according to the Department of Beaches & Harbours for Los Angeles County.
Only recreational and exercise-related outlets will be permitted.
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
Patrons must maintain a distance of six feet from others at all times unless they are members of the same household. Additionally, face coverings must be work when out of the water and around other people. However, exceptions are made for children under the age of two and children with breathing issues.
Public areas such as parking lots, bike paths (on sand), piers, boardwalks, and walkways will remain closed, as will accessways and volleyball nets.
Other pre-existing rules surrounding LA County beaches will also be in effect, including no animals allowed on the beaches, no alcohol, no smoking, no overnight camping or overnight sleeping, and no fires or barbeques, except for the fire pits at Dockweiler Beach.
The preventative protocols outlined by the Department of Beaches & Harbours for Los Angeles County will remain in effect until further notice.