SAN DIEGO — Beaches in San Diego, Coronado, Oceanside and Encinitas opened for recreation activities Monday, but others around the county remain closed as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has passed the 3,000 mark.
Ocean Beach, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach opened at sunrise Monday, allowing surfers, swimmers, kayakers and paddleboarders in the ocean, as well as runners and walkers on the sand.
But group gatherings, parking in lots and lying down on the beach are not allowed. Those activities could be lifted in Phase 2.
“The only way beaches can reopen and stay open is if the regulations developed by public health officials and regional lifeguards are followed,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “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.”
Mayor Faulconer at his daily briefing Monday afternoon around 4:30. Around that time FOX 5 was in Ocean Beach, taking a look at how things were going on day one of the gradual reopening of city beaches. In Ocean Beach it didn’t seem overly crowded, just a few small gatherings.
In Mission Beach things started to pick up with more people both on the beach and boardwalks. Pacific Beach in the early evening seemed to pose the biggest problems, again mainly on the boardwalk.
Imperial Beach allowed access to the beach, but not the ocean, which is too polluted to allow people in the water because of the ongoing issue of runoff from the Tijuana River.
The City of Coronado reopened its beaches to walking, running and recreational water sports. Dog Beach and the nearby fire pits remained closed.
The Port of San Diego announced that kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming was permitted on San Diego Bay, including Glorietta Bay and the waters around the Coronado Cays. Recreational Boating was still prohibited.
Moonlight Beach in Encinitas also reopened for walking, running and all water activities except for boating, Encinitas city spokesman Patrick Platt said Sunday. Beachgoers must continue to practice social distancing and are asked to wear face coverings. If those orders are violated, the beach may be re-closed.
Oceanside also announced that its city’s beaches opened at dawn, with restrictions.
Because the county surprised so many beach cities on Friday with the sudden lifting of a ban on ocean activity, not all beaches reopened Monday. Solana Beach officials say the city is preparing to reopen its beaches next week.