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San Diego County eases restrictions on parks, boating, golf

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Posted at 3:21 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 13:58:45-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego County is easing several recreational restrictions as the county's facial covering mandate is set to go into effect.

San Diego County leaders said Thursday that starting May 1, single-family households will be allowed to participate in active sports, like soccer, baseball, and volleyball. Non-household gatherings will still be banned.

Recreational boating in the county's bays, lakes, and ocean will also be allowed as long as the participants are of the same household.

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Officials have also clarified what beach activities will be allowed to include walking, running, hiking, and equestrian or bike riding where permitted.

Permissible ocean activities include swimming, surfing, body surfing, boogie boarding, kite surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

"We want to continue to move forward. We don't want to see a situation where we have to dial back, or turn back," Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said.

Beach parking lots will remain closed, but local jurisdictions will be allowed to reopen 50 percent of their parking lot capacity for local parks.

Beaches and parks that can't enforce social distancing will be required to close.

Golf courses will also be allowed to reopen if they submit a physical distancing and safety plan in accordance with the county.

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The following beaches are open with restrictions:

  • Coronado Beach
  • Imperial Beach
  • Mission Beach
  • Moonlight Beach in Encinitas
  • Ocean Beach
  • Oceanside
  • Pacific Beach

These beaches remain closed:

  • Del Mar
  • Carlsbad
  • Coronado Sunset Park
  • Coronado Dog Beach
  • Solana Beach
  • State beaches
  • Piers and boardwalks
  • Beach parking lots

The easing of some park and beach restrictions coincides with the county's extension of its stay-at-home order and facial covering mandate.

Starting Friday, county residents will be required to wear a facial covering when in a public setting and within six feet of other people, including:

  • Waiting in line to go inside a store;
  • Shopping in a store;
  • Picking up food at a restaurant;
  • Waiting for or riding on public transportation;
  • Riding in a taxi or rideshare vehicle;
  • Seeking healthcare;
  • Going into facilities allowed to stay open; and
  • Coronado Dog Beach

Solana Beach
State beaches
Piers and boardwalks

  • Beach parking lots
  • When residents are in the car alone or with members of the same household;
  • For children under the age of 2 years old due to the risk of suffocation;
  • During individual physical activity such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling or running. However, people must comply with social distancing during these activities, including maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from other people. Therefore, people must have a face covering readily accessible to put on in populated areas to avoid droplet spread in a six feet radius when participating in any type of active recreation except with members of the same household; and
  • For residents with a health condition whose medical doctor has advised against wearing a face covering and can provide documentation