DEL MAR, Calif. — City beaches in Solana Beach, Del Mar and Carlsbad reopend in limited fashion Monday along with state beaches in Torrey Pines and Carlsbad.
Under the rules of the first phase of reopenings, beachgoers are allowed to run and walk on the sand, as well as surf, swim, kayak and paddleboard in the ocean. Group gatherings, parking in lots and lying down on the beach are still prohibited.
In Del Mar, lifeguards said beaches reopened after a six-week shutdown without a problem.
‘Things have been great, honestly better than expected,” said lifeguard chief John Edelbrock. “It certainly helped that other beaches opened up as well.”
Surfers and swimmers were happy to get access to the water again and said they are working hard to play by the new rules.
“The virus is scary. We don’t want to ruin the work we’ve already done,” said surfer Walter Waggins.
Since beach parking lots remain closed, access to beaches is easiest for those who live nearby. Those who have to drive to the beach are finding it challenging to park within walking distance.
Parks and trails in the city of Carlsbad also reopened Monday at 2 p.m. for walking, running and sitting on the grass. Parking lots at the parks will be open at half-capacity.
The Lake Poway Recreation Area opened to the public Sunday and will resume regular hours of 6 a.m. to sunset Monday, city officials said.
Parking lots at Lake Poway will open to half capacity and boating is not allowed, officials said. The playground will remain closed and active sports are limited to people within the same household.
County health officials on Sunday reported 85 new COVID-19 cases and one death, raising the county’s totals to 3,927 cases and 139 fatalities.
The latest fatality is an 81-year-old woman who had underlying medical conditions, the county reported.