It was announced Thursday morning, April 30, that the closures do not pertain to SLO County. Gov. Gavin Newsom made the correction that all Orange County beaches will close starting Friday, May 1. The story has been updated to reflect that not all California Beaches and State Parks will close as was initially expected based on a memo sent by the California Police Chiefs association. Together, we should however, protect our beaches and parks from the virus and continue to practice safe distancing protocols.
With the sunny skies and warm weather, people across California have been swarming the beaches and state parks to get a little fresh air and sunshine – unfortunately, not practicing safe distancing.
Just as things were seeming to ease up on the Central Coast with businesses re-opening and services being provided again, Gov. Gavin Newsom made the decision to order all beaches and state parks closed beginning Friday, May 1.
Though it is sad to hear we won’t be able to dip our sandy toes in the ocean or get our hiking boots dirty on some trails, the hope is that we can all get through this safely and quickly, together.
The orders will be sent to police chiefs throughout California in order to reinforce stay-at-home guidelines and encourage people to get active in other ways.
We might not be able to walk around Montaña de Oro or surf at Morro Bay right now, but if everyone cooperates, we will be able to enjoy our coastlines and hillsides once again, and soon.
For now, keep up with our state parks on social media: