People Flock to Reopened San Diego Beaches

Surfers, swimmers, runners, and walkers flocked to some San Diego-area beaches on Monday, April 27, after authorities opened them up for recreational activities with some limitations.

Footage shared from Pacific Beach on Monday morning showed dozens of people in the water and others on the beach.

The city government on Friday said beaches would begin reopening at sunrise on Monday, but boardwalks, piers, and parking lots would remain closed. Beachgoers were permitted to surf, swim, kayak, and use a paddleboard, but those on the sand must keep running or walking.

The city said that while the changes were “encouraging,” residents needed to continue to adhere to social distancing measures, and wear face masks in public.

Ahead of the reopenings, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Sunday reiterated that the state’s stay-at-home order was still in effect.

“Beaches, bays and oceans can stay open for limited use ONLY if these rules by public health officials and regional lifeguards are followed. Please stay classy, San Diego,” Faulconer tweeted, his sign-off borrowed from the fictional San Diego newscaster Ron Burgundy from the 2004 movie Anchorman. Credit: @CrabtreeGeeRealEstateTeam via Storyful