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The City of Encinitas announced it will reopen its beaches for limited public access on Monday, April 27. Courtesy photo
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City officials announce Encinitas beaches will reopen on April 27

ENCINITAS — After roughly three weeks of lockdown, the City of Encinitas will reopen its beaches for active recreation beginning at daybreak on Monday, April 27, according to city officials.

The announcement of the city’s Phase 1 comes after San Diego County officials made a similar announcement earlier this afternoon — without notice or coordination with several coastal cities — allowing limited public access to beaches countywide. 

Under Phase 1, the first of three phases, city beaches will be open to swimming, surfing, paddleboarding and kayaking. Boating and group water sports are not yet permitted.

Additionally, residents will be permitted to walk, jog and run on the beach. However, sitting, sunbathing, lying down, or participating in group activities are still prohibited.  Piers, boardwalks and parking lots remain closed until further notice. 

Mayor Catherine Blakespear confirmed the announcement with The Coast News, noting that residents must operate within the county’s established social distancing procedures.

The City of Encinitas has not yet announced which specific beach access points will be open, however, a decision will be announced sometime before the beaches reopen on April 27, Blakespear said. 

Access points unable to accommodate a distance of six feet between beachgoers will remain closed while those with wider entrances, such as Moonlight Beach, will open. 

“All San Diego county coastal mayors discussed and agreed upon reopening procedures this week,” Blakespear said. “Restrictions are based upon lifeguard recommendations, to protect public health while also opening the coastal amenities so people can maintain their mental and physical health during this time of COVID-19.”

During Friday’s afternoon press conference, county officials also announced its latest public health order, effective May 1, which requires residents to wear facial coverings in public whenever a person is within six feet of a non-household member. 

“We believe there is increased evidence that this is not only helpful… but also going to be a part of life in a new normal,” County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said. “Until such time as we have a vaccine or a widely therapeutic drug, there are certain parts of life that are going to change.” 

14 comments

Hillary Leonard May 26, 2020 at 12:14 pm

You can’t will a virus away. You can’t transcend beyond a virus. If you are that developed, maybe you don’t need to brush your teeth or fart.

You can be a carrier and feel well but kill your fellow neighbor by breathing. Maybe that neighbor works to make your loved one’s life better and you do not even know it…..6 degrees of separation, more like 3 in Encinitas. Stop being selfish by grocery shopping without a mask. Keep your breath droplets to yourself using a mask….maybe with a Swami print on it.

Caring about others by washing your hands, using a mask and respecting 6′ distancing is a higher level of existence because those people know how to put something other than themselves first.

Ivy April 26, 2020 at 2:47 pm

The surf is one big Sneeze.
I was born a water baby.
I love the beach but now knowing this could happen.
Let it ride and let see what the out come is the weeks to come.

Sam Peterson April 26, 2020 at 2:34 pm

I never realized Encinitas was full of so many Doctors and Epidemiologists who know everything about this disease and how to fix it.

As someone who is recovering from it, I can’t say how disappointed I am in the protestors and people who think this is some vast conspiracy or “let your immune system and the salt air fight it as God instructs us”

Encinitas used to be cool, now it’s a bunch of spoiled White people and dumb internet know it alls.

Jeremy K. April 28, 2020 at 1:25 pm

I couldn’t agree more.

Let us remember after all this who among us pushed the curve down and who actively undermined those efforts. People like Cole Ragland, Crista Curtis, Julie Thunder, and others…..

We all miss our former lives, but the knowledge that we are fighting a worthy fight and saving lives in the long run makes it all worthwhile.

I’m glad you made it through, Sam!

cole ragland April 26, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Dear Jeremy,

You could be right. You could be right. But I’m thinking that your intellectual arrogance is a coverup for your fear of death. Whether on the sidewalk, in the water, at the beach, in the mountains there are breezes. Heck, you might as well walk around with an aqualung.

People die by the thousands from influenza each year and nobody blinks. You think in terms of disease. I think in terms of health. You are circumscribed by test tubes and fear. If you want to die each day huddled in your place surrounded by test kits, masks, TP and bottles of Prell , that’s up to you.

If people are infecting each other as much as you say, I don’t think we’d be opening the beaches. People are not dropping like flies as you imagine. It’s hardly selfishness to want to stay active and healthy as long as you practice common sense precautions.

By the way, the New Age stuff has been around for millenniums. We’re just finally taping into it. Wisdom is the greatest healer. So I propose an experiment. Introspect with impersonal precision, your thoughts, your life. And ask yourself, with absolute honesty, ‘Are you happy?’ If not, get busy and change. Daylights burning. Get at it.

By the way, I like the sound of Encinitan. Take care.

Jeremy K. April 28, 2020 at 1:04 pm

Cole,

There’s just too much stupidity in that to properly address. You’re just plain stupid (and condescending, btw) Your ignorance is breathtaking and you are uneducable, a waste of time. I want to beat you with a baseball bat for framing this in terms of attitude and beliefs while people are dying by the tens of thousands. You are one of the locust who’ve unfortunately overpopulated my California and drank vast quantities of kool-aid.

It’s like arguing with a snake-handling fundamentalist Pentecostal Christian about the hazards of a poisonous snake bite. Best to simply acknowledge one is simply talking to an ignorant zombie cracker whose children will die of Measles or smallpox because it’s a matter of consciousness and positive beliefs.

Friend of J's May 10, 2020 at 6:27 pm

Ouch… Jeremy, breath brother… Sheesh… Manners first, my man… When you lose your manners, you disrespect yourself… You don’t deserve that… Honor yourself and others with your words… I’m sure you are worthy of it… Peace is the highest usefulness…

cole ragland April 25, 2020 at 9:00 pm

Dear Jeremy,

You could be right. You could be right. But I’m thinking that your intellectual arrogance is a coverup for your fear of death. Whether on the sidewalk, in the water, at the beach, in the mountains there are breezes. Heck, you might as well walk around with an aqualung.

People die by the thousands from influenza each year and nobody blinks. You think in terms of disease. I think in terms of health. You are circumscribed by test tubes and fear. If you want to die each day huddled in your place surrounded by test kits, masks, TP and bottles of Prell , that’s up to you.

If people are infecting each other as much as you say, I don’t think we’d be opening the beaches. People are not dropping like flies as you imagine. It’s hardly selfishness to want to stay active and healthy as long as you practice common sense precautions.

By the way, the New Age stuff has been around for millenniums. We’re just finally taping into it. Wisdom is the greatest healer. Develop a courageous heart. So I propose an experiment. Introspect with impersonal precision, your thoughts, your life. And ask yourself, with absolute honesty, ‘Are you happy?’ If not, get busy and change. Daylights burning. Get at it.

By the way, I like the sound of Encinitan. Take care.

Jeremy K. April 25, 2020 at 4:18 pm

Cole,

It is aerosolized and transmitted through breath, especially coughing and sneezing, which produces a huge particulate cloud. It happens in seconds, and you are not safe simply by virtue of being in salt water or in sunlight. It will be transmitted in the ocean by folks like yourself, who do not care to be educated, and once educated, simply continue out of selfishness. People wear facemasks at grocery stores. They shop because they need food for themselves and their families. Group riders are also being irresponsible. They are infecting each other and the community through subsequent contacts just like you.

Health consciousness (what you think or believe) is 100% irrelevant to Covid 19 and it’s transmission into the community by you and others like you. Your “energy”, “wavelength”, consciousness or whatever NewAge bullshit you’re referring to is complete bullshit. “Get rid of germ consciousness” during a global lethal pandemic. Only an Encinitan would say that. Wow. Stupid x10.

cole ragland April 25, 2020 at 3:51 pm

Dear Covid-19, Salt water, air and solar energy will kill any germ, especially if you have a high degree of health consciousness. Before the shutdown, people were keeping to themselves pretty good and it will be so now. So reform yourself. Get rid of germ consciousness. Gosh, people ride bikes, shop at grocery stores and if you really want to ‘scare’ yourself, go to Costco. I’ll put on the prayer list. Take care.

Jeremy K. April 25, 2020 at 1:48 pm

Can you imagine the Sheriffs Department response to any group or any anti-Gaspar mob marching through Encinitas Ranch onto Supervisor Kristin Gaspar’s private property under the veil of any issue, scaring her kids? Now imagine black and brown-skinned men doing it… A direct call to Sheriff Gore. Gore calls in the cavalry.

Jail.

Kevin T Casey April 25, 2020 at 12:50 pm

I think you meant “lying” down. 🙂

Covid-19 April 25, 2020 at 11:33 am

Thank you. Finally! There will transmission at the most popular breaks, no question. The wind will carry us into the nasal passages and lungs of those closest to an asymptomatic carrier. This is easily transmitted and a light breeze will help tremendously. Nothing to sneeze at! Haha ?

And thanks to Captain Taft and all officers of SDCS for helping out! No tickets on that f***ing rail trail or at any right wing rally! Crista Curtis needs to get her hair and nails done! Freedom!

Michele April 25, 2020 at 7:15 am

Yay!!!! That is all.

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