Beachgoers will be able to take walks and go surfing, but will not be allowed to sunbathe.

By Alison Fox
May 12, 2020
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Beaches in Los Angeles County will reopen on Wednesday for exercise and swimming, but idle activities like sunbathing will not be allowed.

Locals will still have to maintain social distancing on the sand and masks will need to be worn, The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors announced on Twitter.

Beachgoers will be able to take walks and go surfing, but will not be allowed to sunbathe, settle in for a picnic, or play beach volleyball. Coolers will not be permitted.

In addition, bike paths, piers and boardwalks, and parking lots will all remain closed.

“Following numerous discussions and meetings with Los Angeles County, I am excited that one of our most valued resources, the beach, will once again be accessible to the public,” Manhattan Beach Mayor Richard Montgomery told FOX 11. “I urge everyone to follow all Public Health Orders for your safety and your neighbors, and please use the beach responsibly by practicing physical distancing... If beach visitors do not follow all the rules, the State of California or Los Angeles County can once again close our beaches. By abiding by these measures, you will play an important role in keeping the beaches open.”

NBC Los Angeles reported that Hermosa Beach is set to reopen with the same rules, however the Strand and Pier are to stay closed.

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Los Angeles County has recorded more than 32,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including more than 1,500 deaths, according to the LA County Department of Public Health.

Several other beaches in the state have already reopened, which have drawn crowds over past weekends. After throngs of beachgoers descended on the shores, Gov. Gavin Newsom temporarily closed the beaches in Orange County, ABC7 Los Angeles reported.

Currently, beaches in Newport are open for activities like walking, bicycle riding, swimming, and surfing, but not for sunbathing.