All Pacifica beaches and beach parking lots will be closed from sunrise Saturday, September 5 to sunrise Tuesday, September 8 for the Labor Day holiday weekend. Concern about the continuing, and increasing, transmission of COVID-19 locally and across the state means that over-crowded gatherings, such as usually happens at the beaches on holiday weekends, presents increased health concerns. Closing beach parking without closing beaches creates impacts on Pacifica neighborhoods near the beaches as crowds attempt to park in residential neighborhoods and beaches still become overcrowded. Therefore, for health and safety during this increasing Coronavirus pandemic, beach closures are warranted.
Specifically, the following beaches and beach parking lots will be closed in Pacifica:
- Pacifica State Beach (Linda Mar Beach) and north and south parking lots,
- Crespi parking lot in front of the Pacifica Community Center,
- Rockaway Beach and north and south parking lots,
- Sharp Park Beach
- Esplanade Beach and Fisherman’s Lot in the 800 block of Palmetto Avenue
The Coastal Trail, Mori Point hiking trails, Beach Boulevard Promenade, and Pacifica Pier will remain open for visitors to enjoy while practicing health protective measures such as wearing a mask and physically distancing six feet apart.
“Labor Day weekend, as an end of summer holiday, is expected to draw large crowds”, says Pacifica Mayor Deirdre Martin. “With the continuing health concerns related to spread of COVID-19, the City is taking the necessary measures to promote the health and safety of our community. Please celebrate the holiday safely at home.”
The ORDER OF THE DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY SERVICES RELATING TO TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF BEACHES AND BEACH PARKING FACILITIES TO THE PUBLIC FROM SUNRISE ON SEPTEMBER 5, 2020 TO SUNRISE ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2020 WITHIN PACIFICA DUE TO COVID-19 (ORDER NO. 2020-05) can be viewed on the City’s website at www.cityofpacifica.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=17398.