PACIFICA (KPIX 5) — Catch the waves while you can in Pacifica and Half Moon Bay; all beaches – local and state – will be closed starting Friday at sunrise.
The decision from Mayor Deirdre Martin comes just hours after Governor Gavin Newsom announced the closure of state beach parking lots ahead of the Fourth of July weekend.
“He closed our parking lots, so it’s easier for us to enforce all of the regulations when they’re all-inclusive,” Martin told KPIX 5. “No fireworks, no parking, no beach-going.”
Martin says the crowds on Memorial Day weekend were problematic and she doesn’t want a post-holiday spike in COVID-19 cases among her residents.
“They had the parking lots closed and the parking in their neighborhoods was putting them at risk so that’s what we’re trying to do here,” said Martin. “As mayor, it’s my job to make sure our health and welfare is protected. This was not an easy call, but it was the right call.”
Half Moon Bay is also closing all City beaches and parking lots and a portion of the Coastal Trail between Seymour Bridge and Kelly Avenue. Poplar Beach and its parking lot will also be closed.
The closures in Half Moon Bay begin at sunrise on July 3. Facilities will reopen July 6.
“We’ve already urged people not to visit over the 4th of July weekend due to the significant risk or coronavirus exposure when large crowds congregate,” said Mayor Adam Eisen in a statement on Wednesday. “Now we are saying, our beaches are closed, our parking lots are closed and we will be enforcing parking regulations on streets near the beaches… please celebrate the holiday at home.
Beachgoers Wednesday said they get the need to stop the spread of the virus but are still disappointed.
“I understand that we are going through what we are in this whole pandemic and lockdowns and whatnot, but we can’t stop the celebrations. We need to celebrate our independence and everything you know,” surfer Noel Maniag said.
Beaches in Los Angeles and Ventura counties will also be closed, as Gov. Newsom urged mask-wearing, social and physical distancing, and not mixing with people outside of your own home.
“I think it’s frustrating because we’re already limited in what we can do as far as recreational activities go. We’re all getting a little stir crazy,” said Andrea Nutt of Pollock Pines.