Orange County’s beaches are reopening following coronavirus closures. Here are their hours
Most Orange County beaches have reopened this week following the brief “hard closure” Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed over concerns that crowding along the coast could accelerate the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In each case, the sandy stretches are open for active recreation — think running, walking, biking, swimming and surfing — rather than sitting around and soaking up the sun. Beachgoers also must maintain physical distancing and avoid gatherings with people they do not live with.
Many beach parking lots remain closed, however.
Here is when city-run beaches are open:
- Dana Point — Dana Cove is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, as is Doheny State Beach.
- Huntington Beach — Every day from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Laguna Beach — Weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m.
- Newport Beach — Daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- San Clemente — Seven days a week with no announced hours
- Seal Beach — Monday through Thursday during daylight hours
Dana Point, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, San Clemente, Newport Beach and Seal Beach allow beach access for active recreation.
Orange County-operated beaches also were cleared to reopen for active recreation starting Thursday, officials said, but Thousand Steps Beach will remain closed. Hours for those that are open are as follows:
- Bayside Beach — 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
- Aliso, Table Rock, West, Camel Point and Treasure Island beaches — 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays
- Capistrano and Poche beaches — 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
- Salt Creek and Strands beaches — 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. daily
- Baby Beach — 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
State-operated beaches in Orange County began reopening Wednesday, as well, “with measures in place to protect public health,” officials said. More information on those is available at parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.
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