Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the new beach restrictions. We encourage everyone to follow the rules so we can keep the beaches open!
This page was last updated May 28, 2020.
Beach restrooms are open, but due to COVID-19 precautions, the restrooms are required to be cleaned and sanitized much more frequently. This has resulted in some restrooms being taken offline because of staffing service constraints. Nevertheless, we have open restrooms or portable toilets available at every beach we manage. Please note that open restrooms may be temporarily unavailable while crews are cleaning them.
Also, please remember to maintain a minimum of 6 feet physical distance even in the restrooms.
Bicycling is permitted on the beach bike path. On May 22, 2020, the Department of Public Health OK’d the reopening of beach bike paths that traverse the sand, including the Marvin Braude Bike Trail.
Families may engage in active recreation in the ocean or on the sand, as long as all members of the family, including kids and adults, are engaged in sports, exercise and similar physical pursuits.
During the current period, only active recreation is permitted—that means no sunbathing or sitting on the sand for long periods. To encourage people to keep moving, canopies and coolers are not permitted on the beach. When you’re done with your activity, go home.
You may walk with an umbrella for shade; however, umbrellas, canopies, or tents staked into the sand are not permitted.
At this point, the State of California considers shore fishing to be a leisure pursuit and not active recreation. Shore fishing will be permitted in a future reopening period.
Right now, we’re trying to balance the need to avoid crowding with the public’s desire to go to the beach. If sunbathing were permitted, beachgoers would spend more time at the beach, contributing to crowds. Additionally, if every beachgoer rolled out a towel, it would be very difficult to maintain the required 6 feet of social distancing.
Not if you are running alone or with a member of your household and away from other people. But, it is recommended that you have a face covering around your neck or elsewhere on your person in case you find yourself near others (6 feet or less).
Face coverings are not required when you’re in the water; they are only required when you are on the sand and around others. If there are no other people around, you do not have to wear a face covering on the sand.
Face coverings are only required when you are not in the water and around other people. If you’re not in the water and the beach is empty, you do not have to wear a face covering. Please keep a face covering with you that you can put on in case you find yourself near others.
Some beach parking lots are open at a limited capacity to discourage illegal and dangerous parking on neighborhood streets.
Reopened LA County beach parking lots (at limited capacity) include those at the following locations:
- Torrance Beach
- Dockweiler State Beach (Grand Avenue and Imperial Highway)
- Will Rogers State Beach
- Malibu Surfrider Beach
- Point Dume
- Zuma Beach
Other parking lots may remain closed as part of the effort to discourage crowds at the beaches.
Please check with the local city or municipality that has jurisdiction over the specific beach you plan to visit, as each community may have different guidelines regarding their respective street parking. If you find street parking, remember to follow any posted parking restrictions.
The County’s Safer at Home order dictates that piers must remain closed at this time.
No and no. The fire pits at Dockweiler State Beach were removed because gatherings of any size are prohibited under the beach reopening restrictions, and people tend to gather around the fire pits. We do not know when the fire pits will return to the beach. Personal fire pits are never permitted at Los Angeles County beaches.
Department of Beaches and Harbors crews who previously opened and maintained the beach accessways in Malibu were redeployed to clean and sanitize restrooms. As part of the framework to reopen beaches, beach restrooms must be open, as well as cleaned and sanitized more often and to a higher standard.
Marina “Mother’s” Beach is open to active recreation, including paddleboard launches. The Mother’s Beach parking lot, Lot 10, will remain closed; however, the adjacent lots, Lot 9 and Lot 11, remain open.
At least 6 weeks. The length of the period will be determined by the County’s COVID-19 recovery status, as well as the behavior of beachgoers. Once this period is over, the recovery framework provides for at least two more periods before normal beach operations resume.
Large crowds and group gatherings are not permitted under the County’s Safer at Home order; however, we recognize that our beaches provide members of the public an opportunity for active recreation that is still in compliance with the order. The restrictions in this period of beach reopenings—such as the closure of parking lots and prohibition on sunbathing—are in place to discourage too many people from going to the beach at once and staying for long periods of time. The beaches were closed due to crowds, but these restrictions allow people to still enjoy our beaches while minimizing the risk of COVID-19.
The first weekend of the Safer at Home order, tens of thousands of people flocked to L.A. County beaches. These crowds and group gatherings were in violation of the order. As a result, the Department of Public Health elected on March 27 to amend the order to close all the beaches in its jurisdiction. The beaches reopened with another amendment to the Safer at Home order on May 13.