California allows some beaches to open, but not for sunbathing or bathing

California Allows Some Beaches To Open, But Not For Sunbathing Or Bathing

Los Angeles -After a battle that even reached the courts, three southern California beaches may open again, although with some limitations to continue monitoring the coronavirus, the state agency for Natural Resources reported Tuesday.

The tug-of-war between the state government and the cities of Dana Point, Huntington Beach and Seal Beach culminated on Tuesday after plans to reopen in the three cities were approved and include measures to prevent overcrowding and allow for physical distancing.

The beaches can be used for walking and exercising, but not for bathing, sunbathing or lying on it. The car parks on the coastal sections will remain closed.


Governor Gavin Newsom last week ordered all Orange County beaches to be closed after crowds registered following the relaxation of local measures.

The images showed a typical summer scene in Southern California, and which deserved strong criticism from the Democrat.

The closing order sparked a legal confrontation between the cities and the governor, and even the city of Huntington Beach filed an emergency lawsuit to be able to reopen last weekend. Judge Nathan Scott declined to see the case.

The city of Newport Beach has yet to reach an agreement with state authorities to reopen its beaches.

Starting next Friday, some retail stores, including clothing and sporting goods stores, florists, bookstores and toy stores, will be able to open their doors in California, as Newsom announced Monday.

In his usual daily press conference after the coronavirus outbreak, the governor said Tuesday that the state is working with local jurisdictions that want to reopen before that date since they do not have a large number of infections.

When questioned about the opening made by the counties of Yuba and Sutter, where since Monday some non-essential businesses have raised their blinds, Newsom considered that “they are making a big mistake.”

“They are putting their public at risk, they are putting our progress at risk,” he said.

In contrast to those promoting the reopening of the economy, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned at a press conference that the city may not yet be able to allow some nonessential businesses to start operating in view of the deaths from the virus continue to add up.

“We have more than half of deaths in the state and for that reason it is possible that we take more time”, indicated the mayor on the possibility of a reopening on Friday.

The governor insisted that social and physical distancing will be essential to consolidate the return of the economy and that Californians must adapt to “a new reality.”

“We will not return to normal (..) until we get immunity, until we get a vaccine. We will get there, that is what is coming, that will happen. The question is, what happens in the middle?” .

California records 56,212 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, 3,369 of these cases remain hospitalized, according to data revealed by Newsom.