Huntington Beach Pier Reopens

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People in Orange County who want to get out of the house amid the coronavirus pandemic have another place they can go after Orange County's Board of Supervisors approved the reopening of the iconic Huntington Beach pier.

Pedestrians will once again be allowed on the pier, however, visitors will not be allowed to loiter or gather in large groups.

“We're just happy to be back in business,'' Andrew Martin, owner of the Kite Connection store, told the Orange County Register. “As soon as they reopened the pier, a lot of people were coming up and welcoming us back.''

The 1,850-foot pier - one of the longest on the West Coast - will see store operators rethinking how shelves and pathways are organized, with many sale items moved outdoors.

The pier's reopening comes as the county moves into Phase 2 of lockdown restrictions being lifted.

Built in 1904, the pier allows spectators a view of the ocean as whales and dolphins pass by or for big surf contests, which have been held at the pier for more than six decades.

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