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Huntington Beach Pier and Other Active Recreational Amenities Set to Close to Support Social Distancing Measures

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City Announces Closure of Pier and Active Recreational Amenities

This past weekend, many in the community expressed concerns about the crowd of visitors who spent time in Huntington Beach without practicing safe social distancing behavior.  Of note, these social distancing violations of the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Executive Order occurred at our beaches, our Pier, and other outdoor recreational amenities.  While the City prides itself on providing access to world-class amenities, our first priority remains the health and safety of the community.  To that end, given the challenges associated with social distancing at certain amenities, the City will be closing the Pier and outdoor active recreational amenities, beginning March 24 until further notice.

The closures identified are being coordinated to discourage public gatherings and to restrict access to certain community amenities at locations like our Pier, where the physical infrastructure makes social distancing challenging.  An overview of the facilities that the City will be closing include the following:

  • Huntington Beach Pier
  • Playground Equipment
  • Picnic Areas
  • All Sports Fields and Courts
  • The Dog Park located within Central Park

Additional amenities may be added to the closure list in the coming days as the City continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation.  All facility closures will be posted on the City’s new COVID-19 website, www.HBready.com

Enhanced Public Safety Education and Enforcement Measures

In addition to facility closures, the City is also instituting enhanced public safety education and enforcement measures.  First, updated social distancing signage has been developed and posted throughout the beach, and additional signage will be posted at City parks during this coming week. 

Furthermore, the City’s Police Department has instituted enhanced patrols of high-impact areas in the community, and police officers are increasing educational and enforcement efforts for those violating the State’s Stay-At-Home Order.  This includes enforcement action against businesses who operate in violation of the Governor’s Order.  Violations of these new State regulations can result in enforcement action as permitted by Government Code 8665.  In addition, the Police Department asks the community to be accountable for their actions and practice social distancing, so our Public Safety resources can be more efficiently deployed throughout the City.

Beaches and Parks Remain Open, As City Emphasizes Social Distancing Responsibility

Lastly, City beaches and parks, along with the State beaches in Huntington Beach, will remain open to the public.  This decision is being made with consideration given to State directives,

including the decision to keep State beaches open, and the Governor’s pronouncement that individuals should continue to exercise and maintain their mental and physical health. 

However, during this unprecedented time, the ability to leave your home also requires that each individual take extreme personal responsibility to ensure compliance with social distancing measures.  Per the Governor’s Executive Order, this means that individuals should keep at least 6 feet away from others when outdoors. 

The City will continue to closely monitor all aspects related to the COVID-19 situation, and if the situation changes, we will certainly adjust our approach at the City.  In the meantime, we’re encouraging everyone to stay calm, stay strong, and remember that we’ll get through this together… as One HB.

To request more information on the City’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.HBready.com or call our COVID-19 call center at (714) 536-5511. 

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Keeping Our Community Safe & Informed

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Huntington Beach, CA 92648
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The City of Huntington Beach is committed to keeping our community and visitors informed of current events in our community. The purpose of this page is to foster transparency and increase the sharing of information. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Huntington Beach will make every effort to to update this page when updates are received from our local, state and federal partners.

Postponed Events

The following events in the City of Huntington Beach have been postponed. The City is actively working with event promoters to hold these events in the future.

April 2-3 – Ragnar Relay

April 3-5 – IJSBA Jet Ski Competition

April 4 – Bunny Run

April 4 – Corgi Beach Day

April 4 – CA Strong Man Competition

April 11 – Easter Hunt

April 12 – Easter in the Park

April 12 – Sunrise Service at the Pier

April 18 – HSS Demo Days

April 25 – Cruise in Car Show

April 26 – Taste of HB

May 6 – Cars and Copters

May 9-10 – Sunset Beach Art Festival

May 30 – Aids Walk OC

Weekly Surf City Nights

Weekly Crafty Fair at the Pier

If you are a senior and in need of assistance, please call (714) 536-5600

Who Is Considered Higher Risk?

Older Adults (People aged 65 and older)
People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:

  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Lung Disease

Watch for symptons & What Should You Do?

  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of Breath
  • If you develop emergency warning signs of COVID-19 get medical attention immediately.
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face
  • If you feel like you are developing symptoms.
  • Stay home and call your doctor
  • Call your healthcare provider and let them know about your symptoms.
  • If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home.  Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.
  • Get medical attention immediately if you have any of the emergency warning signs listed.

What can you do if you have a family member or friend who is at higher risk?

  • Ensure that they have enough supplies on hand and offer to help them get more if needed.
  • Know what medications they are taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.
  • Communicate regularly with neighbors, friends, and family to support them.
  • Be cognizant of people visiting their home and inform them what to do to stay safe.
    • Stay home
    • Avoid touching high traffic surfaces in public places.
    • Social distancing
  • If you are feeling ill please avoid visiting.

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