When it comes to COVID19-related regulations at the beach, we are just as confused as you.
This week, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer outlined the rules for reopening city beaches (Monday) saying “mayors from the cities of Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, National City, Oceanside, San Diego and Solana Beach have pledged to move forward in unison.”
Well, that’s not exactly the case.
In a joint statement on Friday, the cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach announced they would NOT reopen their beaches on Monday citing “inadequate time for each respective city to share their unique concerns and needs for a coordinated approach to reopening the beaches.”
Are Del Mar and Solana throwing shade? Is the city opening beaches too soon? Are we ill-prepared?
Drama aside, starting Monday at sunrise, here are the “official” rules as determined by San Diego County health officials:
What’s allowed: SURFING, swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding (bummer)
What’s not allowed: sitting, laying out and/or engaging in group beach activities. So, pound sand. Also, no access to piers, boardwalks and beach parking lots. While boat ramps are open, boating is not.
Open Oceans: Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, National City, Oceanside, San Diego (O.B., Mission Beach, P.B., La Jolla.)
Closed Oceans: Del Mar, Solana Beach
Oh, and starting May 1st, you have to wear a mask if you’re close to other humans.