Press ReleasePress ReleaseCity of Laguna Beach
John Pietig, City Manager

505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: (949) 497-0704
Fax: (949) 497-0771

5/5/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 05052020
 
Subject :Laguna Beach Beachgoers Comply with Active Recreation Guidelines
Contact :John Pietig    (949) 497-0704
    

Laguna Beach, CA – The City of Laguna Beach is pleased to report beachgoers are complying with active recreation guidelines as City beaches reopened this morning from 6 – 10 a.m.  The attached drone photos taken at Main Beach at approximately 9:30 a.m. this morning show light active pedestrian recreation on the beach, with beachgoers observing social distancing and active recreation guidelines. Restrictions on morning beach activity are in place to encourage social distancing, protect the community and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Laguna Beach City beaches are open weekdays from 6 – 10 a.m. for active recreation only. Each weekday the City beaches and ocean water will close promptly at 10:00 a.m. and Laguna Beach public safety staff will be present on beaches to enforce the closures. City beaches will remain CLOSED on weekends. Those violating the closure orders outside of the permitted timeframe or on weekends can be cited and fined up to $1,000. Adjacent City beach parks remain closed at all times.

ACTIVE RECREATION PERMITTED BEACH ACTIVITIES (including, but not limited to):

  • Walking/running/jogging
  • Dog walking is permitted; all dogs must be on a leash at all times
  • Ocean recreation: swimming, paddle boarding, surfing, bodyboarding, skim boarding, kayaking
  • Physical activity which keeps individuals in non-stationary active motion

NON-PERMITTED BEACH ACTIVITIES:

  • Gatherings
  • Beach towels, blankets, easy-ups, tents, umbrellas, etc.- items used for settling in place
  • Sitting or lying on beach
  • Setting up chairs and staying in place
  • Picnics/coolers/tables

This is an adaptive management plan and each phase will be enacted on a trial basis. If it is determined that an environment is created whereby physical distancing cannot be maintained, the City will consider further limiting beach access or closing the beach until compliance can be attained. 

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