Information on the Governor's Executive Order 

Update on Beach and Park Access

Post Date:04/23/2020 4:42 pm

The City of Newport Beach will continue to provide the current level of public access to beaches and parks this weekend (April 24-26), with a visible presence from police officers, lifeguards and park patrol staff to maintain social distancing.

With an expected increase in temperatures, the City anticipates greater numbers of visitors to the beaches and parks. It is imperative that beachgoers and park patrons continue to practice safe social distancing as required by the state and county.

Beach parking lots will remain closed, as well as the piers, the Oceanfront Boardwalk, the Balboa Island Bayfront Walkway, and the Wedge beach area. Outdoor recreation facilities will also remain closed, including tennis, basketball and pickleball courts, playground equipment, and soccer and baseball fields.

Under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “stay at home” directive, residents are to stay at home except for work at essential businesses, short trips to essential businesses such as the grocery store or pharmacy, and exercising within their neighborhood or close to home under social distancing guidelines. If beach and park visitors continue to comply with the directive, Newport Beach can maintain access for those seeking exercise and fresh air.

Police officers, lifeguards and park patrol staff will be monitoring the beaches and parks for group gatherings and any other behaviors that defy the state order.




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The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now been detected globally. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

The City of Newport Beach is working with federal, state, and local partners including the CDC, the OC Health Care Agency (OCHCA), and health care providers to prepare and appropriately care for people who may be at risk for illness associated with COVID-19 or who have tested positive for COVID-19. This is a rapidly changing situation, and we will share more as we are updated from our colleagues at the local, state and/or federal level.

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