West Hollywood, CA — As the heat rolls in to Southern California Orange County, CA keeps some of its beaches open. City beaches are closed, including Laguna Beach and Seal Beach.
San Clemente beaches will be open, yet parking is limited. Social distancing is expected to be followed, even among surfers waiting for waves, according a report in the San Clemente Times.
The following county beaches are expected to remain open to those who are enjoying the beaches responsibly in the time of social distancing:
- Huntington Beach
- Aliso Beach
- Capistrano Beach
- Dana Point Harbor
- Newport Harbor
- Salt Creek Beach
- Sunset Harbor
Parking is limited, and state officials remind that all are “safer at home.”
After much discussion on outdoor activities during the Orange County Supervisors stopped short of closing south county beaches to outside visitors.
With Supervisor Don Wagner saying that residents should “get out and enjoy the sunshine,” Supervisor Lisa Bartlett echoed the sentiments of Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen, who wanted beaches closed.
In previous weeks, inland valley residents descended on Orange County beaches for a bit of sea air.
“They’re not even staying in their own counties,” Bartlett said. “With the warm weather, I think it’s going to be problematic” at the beaches, she said.
With its limited access and narrow beaches, Laguna Beach is not the place visitors should seek out this weekend, according to city officials.
40,000 people went to Newport Beach today. The city has a population of 85,236.
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In Orange County, masks are recommended to all, and mandatory for all essential workers.
California State Park officials have closed all car access to 280 state parks and have fully closed others, they say.