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L.A. County beaches to reopen on Wednesday

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Posted at 9:28 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 00:28:25-04

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Californians can step out into the sun and enjoy the ocean Wednesday, as Los Angeles County reopens its beaches.

The county, which closed its beaches more than six weeks ago, is expected to reopen beaches with some restrictions on activities and other rules in place.

County officials said on Tuesday new signage and beach rules have posted along the coastline. Face coverings and 6 feet of physical distancing will be required.

According to the Department of Beaches and Harbors on Twitter, permitted activities include running, swimming, walking and surfing. The BPH said parking lots, bike path, piers and boardwalks remain closed.

The county is only allowing individual and family gatherings and exercise activities. They are not allowing lying or sitting on sand, canopies, coolers or picnicking.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced that tens of thousands of nonessential businesses can reopen with restrictions such as permitting only curbside pickups of purchases.

Los Angeles County, which has more than half of the state's COVID-19 deaths, reopened some hiking trails and golf courses last week, with social distancing required. And the city of LA reopened some trails, including those leading to the famous Hollywood sign.