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City Announces Partial Re-opening of Beaches for Active Recreational Use
The City will partially reopen its beaches beginning Wednesday, May 6, under an “active recreational use” plan approved by State officials.
Newport Beach will open all beaches to active recreational use during normal beach hours (6 a.m. to 10 p.m.), 7 days a week. The City’s reopening plan, approved Wednesday, is consistent with the cities of San Clemente and Huntington Beach.
“The City is very pleased to reopen our beaches for the physical and mental well-being of our residents,” said Mayor Will O’Neill. “While the active recreation model was not the preferred choice by the City Council after discussions with our public safety personnel, we are confident that City staff will manage the beaches effectively under the approved plan.”
City safety personnel will first and foremost strive for education over citation, O’Neill said.
Active recreational use includes walking, running, hiking, bicycle riding, swimming, surfing, bodysurfing, boogie boarding, kite surfing, paddle boarding, skim boarding, kayaking, and other similar ocean activities such as fishing. Beaches and the ocean will be closed to passive games, loitering, sunbathing, and gatherings of people (even if engaged in active recreation) outside of those within their immediate household.
Beach parking lots will remain closed.
The Newport Harbor remains open for all normally allowed water activities.
The City is also excited to announce the reopening of City-operated tennis courts. The City’s 16 tennis courts will be available for singles play only.
The City looks forward to reopening additional recreational facilities in the coming days and weeks, in alignment with State and County public health guidelines.
As with all public spaces, the City of Newport Beach recommends that all people (1) stay close to home when you get outdoors, (2) not drive to parks or beaches, (3) venture out only with people in your immediate household, (4) actively walk, jog or bike in your neighborhood or local parks that remain open, (5) always maintain a social/ physical distance of 6 feet or more when recreating in the outdoors, and (6) leave public space if you cannot maintain social/ physical distancing.
The City expresses its appreciation to our local State Senator and State Assembly Member for their support and guidance during this process.
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.
- The Governor of California enacted an Executive Order for all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except for essential needs
- It is imperative for everyone to practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet away from others when performing essential need activities outside of your homes.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you get sick with influenza, the CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to limit spreading the infection.
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