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The city encourages Encinitas residents to run and walk within their neighborhoods but do so safely within the parameters of the current health orders. Courtesy photo
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Coastal Rail Trail and South Hwy 101 closed to pedestrian traffic

REGION — On March 30, 2020, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services issued an order for social distancing as part of a concerted effort to stem the tide of the COVID-19 disease that has created a worldwide pandemic.

In a further effort to follow the orders of the State of California and San Diego County, effective April 16, the City of Encinitas will be closing the Coastal Rail Trail and the pedestrian portion of South Hwy 101 from Swami’s Beach to the Seaside Parking Lot. Parking along San Elijo Ave. from Santa Fe Dr. to Chesterfield Dr. will also be closed.

These closures are necessary to ensure compliance with the order for social distancing. Understanding that recreating is important for mental as well as physical health, the city encourages Encinitas residents to run and walk within their neighborhoods but do so safely within the parameters of the current Orders.

The parks remain open for walking and exercise while social distancing is observed and practiced. Efforts to flatten the curve are proving to be effective, and continued vigilance now will decrease the length of time this order will remain in place.


JAQUELIN PEARSON April 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Thank you! This is so important. We must stop congregating. We will all benefit from this action.

Mohammad April 16, 2020 at 4:22 pm

When are we going to flatten the stupidity of those in leadership?

Asking for 60,000 friends.

Jonathan Wood April 16, 2020 at 5:09 pm

I’m very unhappy about this. Consider that by limiting the places we can exercise, those areas will be one MORE congested. If anything we should have access to more areas, so that those of us who do exercise can practice social distancing safely without the need to cross the road constantly.
Open up the beaches.

Joel April 17, 2020 at 10:05 am

I hope these local politicians who have caved in to the hysterical vocal minority pay a steep political price for their supporting of the extreme measures of taking away our right to enjoy beaches, the ocean, and trails. Instead of fining people who can’t observe the absurd rule of social distancing (where’s the data backing that stupid rule up?), they take away the liberty of EVERYONE to enjoy the solitude of the surf and hills.

Please remove them from office and don’t let this precedent succeed. There will be more draconian ones to follow if we don’t stand up to this tyranny. If you’re scared or don’t like people enjoying the outdoors, STAY AT HOME. Don’t punish everyone for your fear.

Scott April 17, 2020 at 12:52 pm

Unbelievable. Pure fear and paranoia. Somebody see’s people passing each other briefly on a sidewalk and now that has to be closed. If this is the thinking, you better close the grocery stores and big box improvement centers because it happens on a daily basis. You knuckle dragging politicians need to let people out from their cages to exercise and take a scenic drive along the coast to let off stress. This too shall pass!

Joey Gorman April 18, 2020 at 7:03 am

Social distancing is a critical component of decreasing the spread of COVID-19, it’s working and CA is flattening the curve. The data behind this is everywhere, check The NY Times state and county tracker for evidence that it’s working. HOWEVER, limiting the open air spaces that residents can exercise only pushes more people to the same locations. Surfing, golf, running on the trails/beaches can all be done in a safe manner within federal guidelines. Fine people who congregate in groups of 5 or more on the beach, fine groups of people congregating to watch sunsets…..but don’t take away places like the Rail Trail. That’s ridiculous, just institute temporary guidelines for utilization and then enforce them.

Cardiff Jantheman April 20, 2020 at 9:33 am

I have walked the coastal trail from before it was constructed, and while my dogs and I are currently unable to enjoy that walk, view of the ocean, and surf. I am a long time Cardiff surfer and I support the social distancing restrictions needed to combat the spread of the corona virus. I observe the foot traffic on the trail every day and what I see is people congregating in groups, ignoring the need for social distancing, not wearing protective masks, measures needed to stop the virus spreading and save lives virus. There have been over 40,000 deaths in the US caused by the virus, and millions more world wide. Cries to eliminate needed restrictions are infantile. The “right” to surf and walk anywhere you please is NOT a 1st amendment right, despite the assertions of those few who demonstrated Sunday. Grow up and think of others, those who suffer and die from the virus, such as the elderly and our brave hospital workers, and will continue to do so until we can defeat the virus. IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU! THINK OF OTHERS!

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