L.A. County Beaches Reopen For Active Uses


People had the chance to go to the beach in Los Angeles Wednesday after Los Angeles County officials re-opened them for active use only. Parking lots, piers and boardwalks remained off limits to residents.

Beaches in L.A. County were closed about two months ago by health officials due to the coronavirus pandemic and remained off-limits, even as other counties reopened their shorelines around the state over the last two weeks.

Residents can only visit the beach for active use only. That means activities such as sunbathing, sitting on the sand, setting up canopies, pinicking and fishing from the shore are all prohibited. Beach-goers will also be required to wear masks and maintain a six-foot space between themselves and others under social-distancing orders.

The city of Long Beach also reopened its beaches today with similar restrictions for beach-goers.

“The reopening of our beaches signifies a step towards more opportunities to enjoy our open spaces,” Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “I know that many in our community have been looking forward to more recreation and I'm urging everyone to continue practicing physical distancing so we can continue moving forward safely.”

Manhattan Beach Mayor Richard Montgomery urged people to adhere to the rules in Los Angeles County.

“I urge everyone to follow all Public Health Orders for your safety and your neighbors, and please use the beach responsibly by practicing physical distancing,” he said in a statement. “The beach will be open for active uses only, such as walking, running, surfing and swimming. If beach visitors do not follow all the rules, the state of California or Los Angeles County can once again close our beaches. By abiding by these measures, you will play an important role in keeping the beaches open.”

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