L.A. County reopens bike paths and beach parking lots, allows curbside service at malls

People walk along Ocean Front Walk in Santa Monica in advance of L.A. County's reopening beaches last week. Bike paths and beach parking lots are being reopened this weekend.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Ahead of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, Los Angeles County officials announced that beach bike paths and some beach parking lots would reopen and curbside service at indoor malls would be permitted.

The county reopened its beaches a week ago but kept beach parking lots, bike paths, piers and boardwalks closed.

Officials said Friday that parking lots at Dockweiler State Beach, Will Rogers State Beach, Zuma Beach and Surfrider Beach would open at partial capacity. Santa Monica lots and most beachside public parking spots in coastal communities remain closed.

Beachgoers are still not allowed to sunbathe, grill, or lounge in the sand. The shoreline is open for active recreation, including surfing, swimming, running and walking.


Visitors also must continue to wear face coverings when visiting the beach.

County officials also gave car parades and other drive-through celebrations the green light on Friday.

A week ago, public health officials warned against marking milestones like birthdays and graduations with car parades.

Now, as in-person gatherings remain off-limits, county officials will permit celebrations by vehicle. However, bicycles, motorcycles, convertibles with open tops and vehicles without doors, such as golf carts, are not allowed to participate. Vehicle occupants must wear face coverings if the windows are down.

Those who wish to host a car parade must comply with requirements set by the state’s stay-at-home order, which include security measures and social and physical distancing.


The coronavirus outbreak has forced the cancellation of myriad life events. Santa Clara County won’t even let you celebrate in your car now.

May 7, 2020