Stab Magazine | All San Diego City Beaches Are Officially Closed

All San Diego City Beaches Are Officially Closed

“There were far too many ignoring physical distancing rules this weekend. The actions of a few can cost the lives of many.” – Mayor Kevin Faulconer

news // Mar 24, 2020
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Live in San Diego and like to surf? Too bad. 

As of today, Mayor Kevin Faulconer has closed all parks, beaches, boardwalks, trails, bays and city lakes until further notice. 

The reason? Failure to follow extremely simple and reasonable instructions. 

Here’s a tweet from Mr. Faulconer:

“I have directed the @CityofSanDiego to move forward with closing all City-owned parks, beaches and trails. There were far too many ignoring physical distancing rules this weekend. The actions of a few can cost the lives of many. Please stay at home, San Diego.”

According to CBS8 San Diego:

The closure announcement came not long after San Diego County health officials said that if cities cannot maintain safe social distancing procedures at their parks and beaches, the county will close them to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“We encourage outdoor exercise as long as people maintain 6 feet of social distancing,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “It looks like people are not able to do that.”




Looks desolate. It ain’t. Photo: Miles McGuiness


For those unfamiliar with the whale’s vagina, San Diego City is different from San Diego County. In terms of popular surf breaks, closing City beaches means that everywhere from Blacks to Ocean Beach is currently unsurfable, while the entirety of North County (Cardiff, Oceanside, and all the way up to Trestles) is still safe.

[Update 1: Encinitas has also closed all of its beaches AND beachside parking lots, you dirty lottrolls.]

[Update 2: It turns out Point Loma is technically part of SD City, and according to a commenter, surfers at the cliffs received $1,000 fines for being in the water this afternoon. Harsh!]

For now.  

CBS continued: “The county is amending its previous public health order to include the authority to close beaches and parks if municipalities are unable or unwilling to enforce the 6 feet of social distancing recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.”

So basically, unless everybody changes their ways overnight, Lowers is days away from being on total lockdown. 

Matt Biolos cheers!


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