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Mayor, Port District, Police, Lifeguards Report on First Day of Limited Beach Re-Openings

Phase 1 Of Reopening Plan Developed by Regional Lifeguards and in Coordination with Public Health Officials

Monday, April 27, 2020 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Diego – As City-operated beaches re-open for some uses following the County of San Diego’s revised public health order, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined by the San Diego Police Chief, lifeguard division chief and Randa Coniglio, President and CEO of the Port of San Diego providing an update on the first day of limited coastal access.

"Today you stayed classy, San Diego, because you followed the beach rules developed by lifeguards and public health officials," Mayor Faulconer said. "We've all seen beaches around the country reopen to pandemonium. Today the nation saw San Diego acting like America's Finest City. This was just the first day, so we are continuing to ask for the public's cooperation and compliance."


  • Physical distancing must be followed in accordance with state, regional and local orders to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged. Starting on May 1, face coverings will be required by the County of San Diego when within 6 feet of a non-household member.

“We know many people are excited to get back out on the water and to enjoy the coastal activities that we all love and are fortunate to have access to as part of coastal living. It’s important to remember that even healthy individuals can infect others. People without any symptoms who’ve been exposed to the virus can expose and infect others. Your responsibility is not only for your own health, it’s also for the health of others. That’s part of what it means when we say, ‘We’re all in this together.’ It’s what it means to be a member of a community,” said Randa Coniglio, Port of San Diego President and CEO.

“San Diegans are doing their part and it’s important we keep going,” said Chief Nisleit “Let’s continue our commitment to physical distancing, wearing face coverings and saving lives. Working together, we’ll be able to beat this virus and prevent more cases in our communities.”

“Lifeguards have been met with good cooperation and have not had to issue any citations since the beaches reopened. We have received good compliance with warnings and public addresses alone, and we want to encourage the public to keep abiding by these guidelines.”



  • Boardwalks
  • Piers
  • Parking lots
  • Fiesta Island


  • Gatherings
  • Non-physical distancing activities
  • Boating



  • ONLY walking and running
  • NO stopping, sitting or lying down


  • ONLY swimming, surfing, and single-person paddle boarding and kayaking 


  • ONLY single-person paddle boarding and kayaking
  • NO swimming

For updates on City of San Diego services, programs, and what’s open and closed, please visit sandiego.gov/coronavirus.

For information regarding COVID-19 cases and directives from County of San Diego public health officials, please visit coronavirus-sd.comText “COSD COVID19” to 468-311 for text alert updates.

A statewide “Stay-at-Home” order is in effect until April 30. For more information on the order, including what’s closed, what’s open and which industries are exempted by the state, please visit COVID19.ca.gov.



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