Newport Beach Reopens Today as California Allows Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Dana Point Beaches to Reopen

Ameera Butt
May 06, 2020 - 11:28 am
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The Orange County Board of Supervisors were in favor of sending an active-recreation plan to California Gov.  Newsom for reopening beaches Tuesday.

The vote was 3-2.

That means Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, and Dana Point Beaches reopen with restrictions in place including adhering to social distancing. State officials will permit those beaches in the three cities to reopen this week, according to various media outlets including the LA Times.

Newport Beach was able to reopen its coastline Wednesday, according to the California Natural Resources Agency in a tweet. The beach can be used for active recreational use including walking, surfing, running, kayaking. Sunbathing and playing volleyball are prohibited. Beach parking lots will remain closed.

"The city of Newport Beach has received approval from state agencies to begin safely restoring public access to its beaches," the tweet said.

Last week an OC judge rejected the requests by both Huntington Beach and Dana Point to lift the temporary beach closure orders from the Governor. Newsom ordered the temporary closure of all OC beaches late last week after a previous weekend of crowds and lack of social distancing was deemed dangerous amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The California Natural Resources Agency said in a tweet "The cities of Huntington Beach, Dana Point and Seal Beach have received approval from state agencies to begin safely restoring public access to the beaches that they operate effective today. For more details, residents should consult their city's website."

According to the California Natural Resources Agency in a press release: "The plans include a range of measures to avoid overcrowding and enable safe physical distancing on the beach. Local residents should consult their city’s website for details regarding beach access."

“I want to thank these cities for developing these plans to enable safe beach access that protects against the spread of COVID-19,” California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot said in a press release.

The plan would be similar to how Laguna Beach and San Clemente, which also received permission from Newsom, reopened for active use. There would be no sunbathing, just active use.

Congressman Harley Rouda (CA-48) issued a statement Tuesday:

"Orange County is best served when local, county, and state governments coordinate to protect residents' mental and physical health," said Rouda on her website. "This week, Governor Newsom's office has expeditiously reviewed and approved local leaders’ plans to reopen beaches across coastal Orange County.”

"I hope all cities and the County will follow the common-sense and multi-phase blueprints put forward by Laguna Beach, San Clemente, Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, and Dana Point. I will continue working with every level of government to ensure residents can safely access recreational spaces."