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Local beaches: What's open and what's closed

Posted at 5:01 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 20:28:16-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- State beaches in California are still open while most city beaches remain closed.

Despite social distancing orders, some beaches have been packed with people.

10News viewers have flooded us with emails like this one, saying in part, "There were large crowds at Solana Beach and Cardiff with tons of surfers. Is it time for citations?"

The city of San Diego shut down it's beaches weeks ago. Leaving iconic piers at Pacific Beach and Ocean Beach totally empty.

But, California State Beaches remain open. On the California Parks website, it says the beaches are closed for vehicles, but are still open for locals who wish to walk, hike, and bike. That includes Carlsbad, South Carlsbad, Cardiff, Torrey Pines, and Silver Strand State Beaches, among others.

So, here's the breakdown of what's open and what's closed.

State beaches and beaches in Oceanside are closed to vehicles, but open to the public for exercise only.

Some city beaches are completely closed, including San Diego, Del Mar, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and Imperial Beach.

Coronado city beaches are closed only on weekends.

The closures and non-closures have led to a lot of confusion, with many people worried they're just driving crowds from one area into another.

The statewide stay-at-home order has been in place for weeks now. The governor's website encourages people to still go outside for exercise, but to do it in your own neighborhood.

So, unless you can walk to the beach you probably shouldn't be there.