Newport Beach votes to keep beaches open with additional enforcement
The Southern California city of Newport Beach voted on Tuesday in a City Council meeting to keep its beaches open. But additional reinforcements will enforce social distancing to protect against the coronavirus pandemic.
An ordinance was proposed to close the city’s beaches for the next three weekends to avoid the overcrowding seen this past weekend, but council members did not end up voting directly on the agenda items during the meeting. Instead, Councilman Kevin Muldoon made an alternate motion to deny the item, which passed on a 5-2 vote, according to the city’s public information manager.
Increased police and lifeguard presence will actively enforce social distancing.
The majority of the city’s council members expressed a strong desire to keep most public beaches, parks and open spaces accessible for the mental health and physical well-being of residents, according to a statement.
The vote comes as many states prepare to begin loosening restrictions and phase out stay-at-home orders. California has begun allowing scheduled surgeries, but does not have an end date for its orders.