San Diego piers, boardwalks to reopen next week


SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Piers, boardwalks and other water areas in San Diego that were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic will reopen next week, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Thursday.

San Diego piers and boardwalks, Fiesta Island, East and West Mission Bay Park, and Balboa Park Central Mesa will reopen over the course of next week, starting Monday.

Scheduled reopenings include:

— Monday: East and West Mission Bay Parks reopen for park and water uses, including parking lots to 100% capacity. Fiesta Island to reopen for pedestrians, dogs and cyclists.

— Tuesday: All city piers and boardwalks reopen

— Friday: Balboa Park Central Mesa reopens, all Balboa Park parking lots reopen to 100% capacity

Fiesta Island will remain closed to vehicles until July 6.

Visitors will continue to be asked to practice physical distancing and refrain from any active sports activities at the beaches, Faulconer said.

Beaches were reopened in late April for limited uses such as running and jogging, then opened further Tuesday for passive uses like sitting and sunbathing.

The announcement comes days after county supervisors voted to take further steps in reopening other industries. Some of those businesses include gyms, hotels, museums and wineries. As of right now, there is no specific date on when they can reopen. FOX 5 has been told the county is waiting on guidance from Governor Gavin Newsom.

“We’re checking it daily, literally Googling when gyms can reopen,” said Dave Thomas, owner of Performance 360. He said he wants to be ready to go when that day finally comes.

“In the meantime, we’re kind of taking some precautions on our end just to make sure we’re going above and beyond what we perceive expectations to be,” Thomas said.

Performance 360 has three locations throughout San Diego, all of which have been closed for nearly three months due to the coronavirus.

“It’s been tough. Our whole business is based brick and mortar with people showing up to classes and so obviously we had to quickly adapt to that,” said Thomas.

Other businesses waiting to receive official word on when they can reopen include nail salons, wineries, hotels, pools and sport fishing.

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