Los Angeles County's beaches will remain open for Labor Day weekend according to public health guidelines.
Masks will still be required, along with the social distancing protocol and a maximum of 10 members from your household.
"We cannot stress the importance of following public health guidelines enough," said Gary Jones, director of the Department of Beaches and Ports, in a news release. “Beachgoers absolutely have to avoid the crowds. If the beaches get too crowded, we may have to close them again. "
In-ocean activities such as swimming, surfing, and body surfing, and paddle boarding are still permitted, as are sunbathing and picnicking with chairs and canopies. Running, walking, and cycling on trails are also allowed, as is fishing where normally allowed.
Activities that are not allowed on the beachfront properties include beach parties, barbecues, group sports, volleyball, and campfires.
While this is a bank holiday weekend and we know you want to celebrate with those who are closest to you, gatherings with people outside of your household are not permitted and put everyone at risk with # COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/NujDMgYUil
– LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) September 4, 2020
Beachgoers are asked by the Ministry of Beaches and Ports to “pack, unpack”, which means not to leave anything behind on the beaches. The reason for the request is that the beach maintenance teams have to clean the 52 toilets in the district up to six times a day in order to "leave fewer resources for the removal of the beach litter".
"We are asking the beach community to help us protect our precious marine environment by taking more personal responsibility for disposing of their own litter," said Jones.
Los Angeles County's beaches were closed for the Independence Day weekend, along with fireworks displays, but reopened the following Monday.
With COVID-19 positivity rates dropping in LA County, more wiggle room will be given this Labor Day weekend.
Labor Day regulations apply to beaches from Marina del Rey Harbor down to 25 miles (40 km) along the Los Angeles County's coastline such as Zuma, Malibu, Surfrider and Venice.