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Mayor Stresses Importance of Physical Distancing Ahead of Limited Beach Re-Openings Monday

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

Sunday, April 26, 2020 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Diego – Following the County of San Diego amending its COVID-19 public health order to allow for the limited reopening of coastal waters, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer underscored the importance of physical distancing ahead of the first phase of beach, bay and ocean re-openings on Monday in the City of San Diego:

“The state of California’s stay-at-home order is still in effect. The only way beaches can reopen and stay open is if the regulations developed by public health officials and regional lifeguards are followed,” Mayor Faulconer said. “Public health concerns from overcrowding led to the closure of beaches in the first place back in March, and decisions will continue to be made with the goal of protecting the well-being of every San Diegan. Please stay classy, San Diego.”

Effective Monday at sunrise, here is what individuals will and won’t be able to do in the City of San Diego under the first phase of the plan:


    • Boardwalks
    • Piers
    • Parking lots
    • Fiesta Island


  • Gatherings
  • Non-physical distancing activities
  • Boating


  • Beaches/shorelines:
    • ONLY walking and running
    • NO stopping, sitting or lying down
  • Oceans:
    • ONLY swimming, surfing, and single-person paddle boarding and kayaking 
  • Bays:
    • ONLY single-person paddle boarding and kayaking
    • NO swimming

An implementation date for the second phase of beach, bay and ocean re-openings in the City of San Diego will be made in coordination with County public health officials.

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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