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Now LA Beaches May Reopen Next Week

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It appears they are making changes daily about the reopening of beaches in LA. Here's today update:

Today, the Los Angeles County’s public health director Barbara Ferrer claims she is close to approving a phased plan for opening county beaches, paving the way for renewed public access to the coastline as early as next week. The Los Angeles Department of Beaches and Harbors is preparing for that possibility, with the most likely opening date being Friday, May 15.

Carol Baker, from the county Department of Beaches and Harbors said she she was “under the impression” the plan was close to complete. “As of now, we have not received a final word on when the beaches will open,” she added. “We’re preparing for as soon as next week.”

So basically, the Department of Beaches and Harbors and the Los Angeles County’s public health director are NOT working together, since neither knows what the other is actually doing.

Santa Monica officials have been getting ready for a potential early opening of beaches, but said they are doing everything in lockstep with the county.

“We have this limited reopening next week with all water sports involved,” said Manhattan Beach Mayor Richard Montgomery. All restrooms at beaches will be open and county staff will be in charge of frequent cleaning, Montgomery said. The concrete areas above the sand will also off limits. That means no pedestrians or cyclists on bike paths, the Strand or Esplanade.

Officials with Hermosa Beach, which also owns its beach, have said they will follow suit with whatever restrictions the county makes.

The draft plan that has been released (but still needs "additional tweaking") on reopening LA County beaches is as follows:

Phase one: gatherings beyond household members are prohibited. Surfing, running, walking and solo activities are allowed. No chairs, umbrellas or tents. Phase one lasts approximately six weeks and includes Memorial Day weekend.

Phase two: gatherings beyond household members are still prohibited, but chairs and umbrellas would be allowed. There’s a possibility, though, beaches would close for the Fourth of July weekend.

Phase three: small gatherings would be allowed, volleyball courts would open and film permits enabled.

Phase four: large gatherings would be permitted, with normal operation resumed.

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