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County Updated Order: Public MUST Social Distance On Beaches & Trails

The two photos below from Jennifer Denicola and Andy Lyon have been making the rounds on social media, they show how crowded Malibu was on Saturday.

Which is probably why the Malibu City Website just released this update:

County updated Safer at Home Order. Please follow County orders: stay home to slow the spread of Coronavirus & protect vulnerable groups. Contact City Hall if you need help. Public must social distance while on beaches & trails.

The City is receiving reports of large numbers of people enjoying the outdoor resources in the Malibu area such as trails and beaches (as they are elsewhere in the County). The County order requires that social distancing (6 feet between people) be practiced at all times while outdoors, including in the grocery store, on the beach or on the trails.

The City does not own or operate the County beaches, California State Parks, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority trails and parks, or the State-owned Malibu Pier and Point Dume Nature Preserve, or National Park Service owned areas including Solstice Canyon. . The City shares the concerns about the need to limit visitors and crowds. The City is working with State and County elected officials and urging them to address the issue of people not abiding by social distancing guidelines while using outdoor spaces and stay at home orders.  

The City of Malibu urges all residents to follow the County Order and stay home in order to slow the spread of Coronavirus and protect vulnerable groups. Vulnerable groups, including seniors and people with underlying health conditions must stay home. The County Order does not prohibit people from outdoor activities such as hiking, walking, shopping at essential businesses, so long as all persons practice the County’s guidelines on social distancing and handwashing.  

The public may report violations of the County order to the County Public Health Officer: (888) 700-9995 (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). Email:

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