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Imperial Beach closes road near pier to let businesses distance customers

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Posted at 7:46 AM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 10:46:55-04

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) — Imperial Beach is closing off traffic in front of the IB Pier in order to help businesses and restaurants utilize more space for social distancing.

The city says Seacoast Drive, from Date Avenue to Elder Ave., will be closed to motorists from Saturday to Monday so that not only residents can social distance, but nearby retail stores and restaurants can get creative with spacing.

"With many businesses able to reopen to customers, we will see some 'out of the box' thinking from our businesses to maximize their area to increase spacial distancing," the city wrote on Facebook.

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With many retail stores and restaurants reopened this Memorial Day weekend, local cities expect more residents to head outdoors.

While restaurants have been allowed to reopen under county guidelines, some establishments may see the county force them to close if they do not meet protocols. Friday, the county closed a Pacific Beach restaurant and bar for violating health orders.

In-store retail has also been allowed to reopen with physical distancing protocols as well.

Beaches will also be a focus. Currently, only walking and running are allowed on beaches — no lying down or sitting.

Countywide, a mandate on wearing facial coverings in public and stay-at-home order is still in effect.