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Los Angeles County Finally Reopens Beaches But People Are Limited in What They Can Do

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Posted: May 13, 2020 7:45 PM
Los Angeles County Finally Reopens Beaches But People Are Limited in What They Can Do

Source: Townhall Media/Julio Rosas

Santa Monica, Calif. — Los Angeles County reopened its beaches on Wednesday as the temperature begins to consistently be in the 80s and 90s, but city and county officials have put rules in place to, as they claim, prevent the Wuhan coronavirus from spreading.

As the county's testing capacity increases and the economic devastation from the stay-at-home orders has taken its toll, many Americans are eager to reopen.

While people are now able to enjoy the sun and the ocean, here are the rules residents must follow to not violate the county's orders:

  • Walking and running is allowed.
  • "Ocean activities" such as swimming and surfboarding is allowed.
  • Biking is not allowed.
  • Sitting or sunbathing on the beach is not allowed.
  • Groups of people congregating is prohibited.
  • Volleyball games are prohibited.
  • Face masks are required when not in the ocean and being present around other people.

To prevent large groups of people from going to the beach, many of the public parking lots along the beach have been closed. Signs and posters put up by the county informing beachgoers of the rules are posted all along the area.

Townhall Media/Julio Rosas

Townhall Media/Julio Rosas

The rules have been criticized as being arbitrary and enforcement of the rules can get tricky. During my time on the beach, there were a few scattered groups of people sitting on the beach near the water, with plenty of space between them.

In addition, multiple bike riders were enjoying the day and physical activity. When confronted with the signs informing them their recreation was prohibited, bikers simply went around the signs.