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All Grass Areas Along City Beaches Are Closed to the Public Due to COVID-19

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Grass Areas Along City Beaches Will Close Starting April 3

Beginning April 3, 2020, the City of Huntington Beach will be closing all grass areas along the City’s beaches and on both sides of the bike path, between Seapoint Street and 9th Street.  This includes the large grass area between 9th and 11th Streets, and the Picnic Area located just south of Seapoint Street (see attached maps). 

These closures are being made in an effort to address overcrowding in certain areas and to facilitate safe social distancing practices in response to the COVID-19 situation.  As you are likely aware, Governor Newsom’s Stay-At-Home Executive Order urges Californians to only leave their homes for essential needs and exercise, and to ensure that each person practices safe social distancing when outside their home to flatten the curve of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.  Effective social distancing requires individuals to remain at least 6 feet apart. 

Enforcement of Grass Area Closures

To enforce these closures, the City will be installing 500 signs spaced 50 feet apart along the identified grass areas to clearly communicate these new restrictions to the community.  The large grass area between 9th and 11th Streets will also be fenced off to further discourage gatherings.  Tampering with or removing fencing or signs is considered a misdemeanor and violators will be subject to citation or arrest by the Huntington Beach Police Department.

The City is constantly evaluating the situation at our beaches, to determine if safe social distancing can be practiced.  To that end, the City has instituted a variety of measures to help facilitate a decrease in beach visitation so that we can further facilitate enhanced social distancing, with some of those measures including the closure of the Huntington Beach Pier, the closure of all City-owned beach parking lots, the installation of enhanced signage, increased police patrols, and hourly announcements about the need to socially distance from Tower Zero. 

Of note, given the current situation in Huntington Beach, and based on current regulations issued by the State, Orange County, the Public Health Official, and other medical professionals, the City is currently keeping the beaches open.  Multiple medical experts have also shared that in certain circumstances, going to the beach for exercise is not only fine among adults who are not at high risk, but should be encouraged, provided social distancing is possible and practiced at all times.  We also recommend residents get their share of outdoor time by walking in their neighborhoods to lessen the traffic in other public spaces such as the beaches and parks. 

If you encounter groups of people not minding social distancing requirements, please remove yourself from the area and enjoy one of the many other open space areas in our community.

Please be assured that the City is monitoring the situation daily, and if the circumstances change, we will certainly take proactive steps to respond.  We thank our community in advance for supporting the Stay-At-Home Order, which will save lives.  By working together as One HB, we will bring an end to this pandemic. 

For more information on City services and COVID-19 updates, please call our HB Ready Call Center at (714) 536-5511 or visit our website at www.HBready.com

Large Grass Area between 9th and 11th Streets:

Picnic Area South of Seapoint Street:

Link to Press Release PDF here

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Keeping Our Community Safe & Informed

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(714) 536-5511

 Address:

2000 Main Street
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/Canceled Events

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

CANCELLED

August 24-September 13 – US Open

September 5 – 6 – Civil War Days

September 18 – 20 – Great Pacific Airshow

October 1-4 – AVP

POSTPONED

May 9-10 – Sunset Beach Art Festival

Weekly Surf City Nights

RESCHEDULED

September 12 – Cruise in Car Show

October 11 – Cars and Copters

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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