LA County Beaches Reopen Wednesday for Active Use Only

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Beaches in LA County will reopen Wednesday, according to an announcement by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.

The beaches are to be used only actively which means walking, running, surfing and swimming are OK. 

Beach parking lots, bike paths, piers and boardwalks will remain closed. Sunbathing, lying and sitting on the sand, picnicking are all out too. No canopies or coolers on the sand either.

Beachgoers will have to physical distance from each other by 6 feet, and masks are a requirement when you are not in the water.

On 5/13, LA Co. beaches reopen w/ the following rules:• Individual/family activities & exercise ONLY• No lying or sitting on sand, canopies, coolers or picnicking• 6+ ft. physical distancing & masks REQUIRED• Parking lots, bike path, piers & boardwalks remain CLOSED pic.twitter.com/SkGYuf51fM

— LA Beaches & Harbors (@lacdbh) May 11, 2020

People are out walking, jogging and riding bikes in #LongBeach today. Now that pedestrian & bike paths have reopened. #Beaches are still closed for now. Restrooms are open though. @KNX1070 pic.twitter.com/UrL4ZW4fMJ

— Jon Baird (@KNXBaird) May 11, 2020

On Monday, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said LA is one of the beach cities that, together with Santa Monica and Malibu, has been looking at that and said to "stay tuned."

"I do personally support that our beaches are open for active recreation. I don't think we can afford people sitting, tanning in the dry areas of the sand but the wet sand areas if you need to get in there to swim, to surf, to get in there and make sure folks can walk or jog. that is something I hope we can earn again and get the support of the County in coming days and I know those cities along the beach are looking at that so we can have a place to spiritually recharge and a place that is great," Garcetti said.