On the cusp of Memorial Day weekend, Los Angeles county announced the reopening of beach bike paths and indoor shopping malls. 

Bike paths join the list of recently opened beach-related activities, which means L.A. County beach-goers may now bike, walk, run, skate, swim and surf, while still observing physical distancing and face-covering guidelines. 

Gatherings of any size are still not allowed at beaches, however. 

Piers, volleyball courts and boardwalks remain closed, but there is an exception that allows customers to access boardwalk retailers who offer curbside and doorside essential services.

Safety measures still apply while conducting any beach activities, as any person who is not in the water must wear a face covering when around others. Crowding is also still not allowed, and the six-foot physical distancing rules still apply for all activities.  

Indoor shopping malls will also be allowed to reopen for curbside service, so long as they create clearly marked pickup areas and frequently sanitize them.

These orders come as Ventura County announced Friday the resumption of dine-in and in-store shopping services under strict physical distancing guidelines. 

Business leaders in Irvine have also recently urged Governor Gavin Newsom to allow them to move into Phase 3 of California’s Resilience Roadmap. Whether or not they move into more lenient opening guidelines will depend on Newsom’s decision, which could come as early as this weekend.

Phase 3 would allow for the opening of higher risk work spaces, such as movie theaters and schools — but not yet the highest risk businesses such as spectator events and entertainment venues, which would fall under the fourth stage of reopening.

The fifth and final stage of reopening would be fully normal operations, without restrictions. 

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