Los Angeles County beaches will remain open for Labor Day weekend, with L.A. Public Health guidelines in place.
Masks will still be required, along with social distancing protocol and a maximum of 10 members from within one’s household.
“We cannot stress enough the importance of following the public health guidelines,” Department of Beaches and Harbors Director Gary Jones said in a media release. “It is absolutely imperative that beachgoers avoid crowds. If the beaches get too crowded, we may be forced to close them again.”
In-ocean activities such as swimming, surfing and body surfing and paddle boarding will still be allowed, along with sunbathing and picnicking with chairs and canopies. Running, walking and biking along paths will also still be allowed, along with fishing where typically permitted.
Activities that will not be allowed on the beach properties consist of beach parties, barbecues, group sports, volleyball and bonfires.
Even though this is a holiday weekend and we know that you want to celebrate with those closest to you, gatherings with people not from your household are not permitted and put everyone at risk of #COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/NujDMgYUil
— LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) September 4, 2020
Beachgoers are being asked by the Department of Beaches and Harbors to “pack in, pack out” which means to not leave anything behind at the beaches. The reason for the request comes as beach maintenance crews are assigned to clean the county’s 52 restroom facilities up to six times a day, “leaving fewer resources to address beach trash.”
“We’re asking the beach-going public to help us protect our precious marine environment by taking more personal responsibility for disposing of their own trash,” Jones said.
Los Angeles County beaches were closed for the Independence Day weekend, along with firework demonstrations, but were reopened the following Monday.
With COVID-19 positivity rates falling in L.A. County, more leeway is being given this Labor Day weekend.
The Labor Day regulations will apply to beaches from the Marina del Rey Harbor, all the way down 25 miles of beaches along the Los Angeles County coastline such as Zuma, Malibu, Surfrider and Venice.