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HB, two other beaches can reopen

SURFING can return to Huntington Beach now, under very strict limits. Above, Felipe Toledo competing in the 2016 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach (Vans photo).

UPDATE: Here are the new guidelines for the re-opening of Huntington Beach: 

https://orangecountytribune.com/2020/05/05/guidelines-for-beach-re-opening-told/

Three more cities – including Huntington Beach – have been cleared to begin “phased” reopening of their beaches.

The California National Resources Agency today (Tuesday) has given approval to plans submitted by the cities of Huntington Beach, Dana Point and Seal Beach for “safely restoring public access” starting today.

On Monday, the state gave San Clemente and Laguna Beach similar approvals.

“I want to thank these cities for developing these plans to enable safe beach access that protects against the spread of COVID-19,” California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot said.

Events have been moving fast. After Gov. Gavin Newsom expressed concern over what he called “disturbing” images of people at the Huntington and Newport beaches, he ordered that all Orange County beaches be shut down.

The details of this reopening were not available as of this writing, but the terms of the approvals given to San Clemente and Laguna included no weekend openings, weekday hours from 6-10 a.m., no stationary activities such as picnics and sunbathing. Permitted are surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, etc., running, swimming, etc.

Here is the link to the state agency’s “best practices for parks and beaches.”

http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/712/files/Best-Practices-for-Parks-and-Beaches-During-COVID-19.pdf.

 

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