To kick-off the unofficial start of summer, we can now officially plop down on the sand and do nothing. Los Angels County is easing restrictions as we go into the big holiday weekend.
Those in the same household are now welcome to sit on towels on the beach – an amendment to the COVID-19 beach restrictions for “active-use only.” The county has also reopened the beach bike path and some parking lots.
Parking at Dockweiler State Beach, Will Rogers State Beach, Zuma Beach, and Surfrider Beach will be open at partial capacity.
But there are still some rules.
“There are still no umbrellas, no coolers and we don’t want large social gatherings,” said L.A. County Fire Lifeguard Captain A.J. Lester. “You can come down absolutely with your family, lay on a towel, sunbathe, watch your kids run in and out of the water, just try to do it near an open lifeguard tower.”
Lifeguards had to rescue 450 people on L.A. County Beaches last weekend, mostly all from rip currents.
Remember, the farther away from a lifeguard tower you sit, the longer the response time. If you get caught in a rip current, don’t fight it and swim parallel to the shore.