All city piers, boardwalks reopen

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – All piers and boardwalks in the city of San Diego reopened Tuesday amid a flurry of reopenings set for this week.

East and West Mission Bay Parks reopened Monday for park and water uses, plus its parking lots are now open at 100% capacity. Fiesta Island reopened Monday for pedestrians, dogs and cyclists, but will remain closed to vehicles until July 6.

“We tried to go to the beach on Sunday, but we couldn’t find parking,” said a mother who was hosting a group playdate. “It feels so good to go outside.”

Most people did not wear masks to the beach Tuesday, and social distancing was not a high priority in Mission Beach. But COVID-19 was top of mind for many beachgoers.

 “It feels like a day at the beach, but it does feel like some people are being ever so cautious, keeping their distance in the sand,” said Darrel Browning, a visitor from Los Angeles. 

Day camps, campgrounds and RV parks also reopened Monday and outdoor recreation such as sport and charter fishing expeditions are now allowed.

On Friday, Balboa Park Central Mesa will reopen and all Balboa Park parking lots will reopen to 100% capacity.

The openings come as public health officials reported 143 new COVID-19 cases in San Diego County on Monday, raising the countywide total to 8,619.

The county recorded 3,844 tests Monday, raising the cumulative total to 195,762 tests. The 143 new cases represent 4% of the total tests reported Monday, slightly higher than the region’s rolling 14-day average.

The Crystal Pier located in the San Diego community of Pacific Beach at dusk after a storm. (Photo: Art Wager / Getty Images)

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