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San Diego beaches brace for large crowds amid holiday weekend and heat wave

Posted at 11:38 AM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 14:37:59-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Before the sun rose Friday, cars already packed parking lots at San Diego beaches to kick off Labor Day weekend and what's expected to the some of the hottest days of summer.

However, San Diego County leaders said no matter where you are this weekend, they want to emphasize people must still follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

ABC 10News was at La Jolla Shores on Friday morning as beachgoers wearing masks secured spots far enough to stay socially distanced.

Beachgoer and Santee resident Kris Moberly, “We know we can find a spot if we come early."

It's the new norm, but also a way to ensure San Diego stays off the state's watchlist after just getting off of it two weeks ago.

Moberly said she hopes everyone will follow the rules this weekend, telling ABC 10News, "I'm sure there's people who push the limits but you're responsible for your own health and I think most people are considerate of others."

San Diego Lifeguards said they won't be regulating when it comes to social distancing or masks.

"We're going to be focused on keeping people safe in the water, but social distancing is everyone's responsibility,” a lifeguard told ABC 10News.

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said the status of our county depends on people's actions this weekend. In a press conference earlier this week, he said people should avoid indoor parties and continue to follow CDC guidelines.

To ensure added safety, beaches like Carlsbad will also be handing out masks and teaching visitors about safety guidelines.

Lifeguards said in addition to COVID-19 restrictions, the heat will also be a big safety factor. They said beachgoers should bring plenty of water and use caution when swimming, as upcoming swells are expected to bring fast moving rip currents.