Long Beach will reopen its beaches for active use — including swimming, kayaking, walking, running and kitesurfing — Wednesday, May 13.
Rosie’s Dog Beach — along with the city’s other dog parks — will also reopen, although visitors must remain 6 feet from each other and wear face coverings when in contact with people outside of their household.
Officials announced the news Tuesday, May 12, as an amendment to the city’s Safer at Home order. Beaches in Long Beach have been closed since late March to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.
Although Long Beach has its own Health Department and has been overseeing its own response to the public health crisis, city officials have repeatedly emphasized their intent to align with Los Angeles County in its strategy to combat the virus.
But while the decision to reopen dog parks aligns with Los Angeles County, county officials have yet to announce when its beaches will reopen, also likely for active use only.
LA’s beaches won’t open at dawn Wednesday, as some had initially thought, because county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer has yet to issue an order allowing it. The county’s current order closing beaches runs through Friday, May 15. But Ferrer is expected to issue another order on Wednesday allowing beaches to reopen, though it's not known if the order would take effect immediately, said Liz Odendahl, spokesperson for county Supervisor Janice Hahn’s office.
“The reopening of our beaches signifies a step towards more opportunities to enjoy our open spaces,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “I know that many in our community have been looking forward to more recreation and I’m urging everyone to continue practicing physical distancing so we can continue moving forward safely.”
Although people can be active on the beaches, more passive use — anything that includes chairs, canopies, coolers, grills or sunbathing — is still prohibited, as are gatherings.
Parking lots and the pier will remain closed.
Staff editor Lisa Jacobs contributed to this report.