SOLANA BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) — After several San Diego beaches reopened this week, three North County cities announced they will aim to reopen beaches next week.
Solana Beach, Del Mar, and Carlsbad initially decided to keep beaches closed this week, after San Diego County allowed cities to reopen their beaches as soon as Monday.
The three cities argued that the county's decision to allow ocean access and beaches to reopen on April 27, "came as a complete surprise." Coastal cities had reportedly been collaborating on a simultaneous beach reopening on May 4.
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Solana Beach said on its website that the city, along with Del Mar and Carlsbad, "are preparing to reopen our beaches the week of May 4."
"We intend to put plans in place under which limited beach and water activities can be allowed while providing the social/physical distancing necessary to adequately protect the public health as mandated by County Health and State Orders. This coordination is also essential to ensure that no single city is adversely impacted due to adjacent beaches remaining closed," the city's website says.
Solana Beach said the beaches would remain open as long as the public observes social distancing, face covering, beach use, and beach access rules.
A specific list of permissible water and beach activities was not immediately available. The city said beaches could close again if the public fails to follow the rules.
A Carlsbad official told 10News a firm decision has not yet been made on the easing of city beach restrictions. The official said a May 1 meeting would outline potential timing and plans.
State beaches in Torrey Pines, South Cardiff, Cardiff, and Carlsbad remain closed. It's up to the state to reopen those locations.
Solana Beach advised that California's stay-at-home order remains in effect and that residents should only leave their homes for essential needs.
All county beach parking lots remain close during the beach reopenings.