Press Release | Strand Re-Opened to the Public
Memorial Day Weekend Beachgoers Asked to Avoid Gatherings,
Follow Public Health Rules and Use the Beach Responsibly
HERMOSA BEACH – With Los Angeles County’s beach bike paths re-opening on Thursday, the Hermosa Beach City Council held a special session Thursday night and voted to re-open the Strand, the City’s beachfront walkway and bike path, to safely accommodate Memorial Day weekend beachgoers, consistent with the County Health Officer order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
To help control crowds on the beach and Strand, the Council also decided to keep downtown Hermosa Beach parking lots closed with limited exceptions for permit holders and for temporary 15-minute parking for people picking up food or other goods from local businesses. The Council gave City Manager Suja Lowenthal the authority to create additional short-term parking spaces and employee parking to serve local businesses.
The Hermosa Beach Pier remains closed, under the County Health Officer order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Hermosa’s beach is open for active recreation, which includes swimming, walking, running and surfing. Group sports and activities, including volleyball, are expected to return in a future phase of beach activities. To reduce crowding and discourage all-day beachgoers, beach chairs, coolers and beach umbrellas are also not allowed during this phase of beach activities.
With large crowds expected over the three-day weekend, the City asks anyone heading to public spaces in Hermosa Beach to practice social distancing and hand-washing and to wear cloth face coverings whenever they may come into contact with others outside their household, in compliance with the COVID-19 public health orders and local ordinances.
“This is a Memorial Day weekend unlike any before in Hermosa Beach because of the COVID-19 outbreak,” Hermosa Beach Mayor Mary Campbell said. “We won’t be able to celebrate Fiesta Hermosa or hold our community’s Memorial Day ceremony this year because of the COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings and events. Please keep yourself and our community safe by strictly following the order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and take a few moments on Memorial Day to honor the memory of the men and women who died serving in our country’s military. Their sacrifices should never be forgotten.”
Although Memorial Day weekend is traditionally a time when families and friends often get together in celebration, the City asks that everyone avoid in-person gatherings this year to protect everyone’s health as the public health orders gradually change from the stay-at-home phase that helped slow the spread of COVID-19.
The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has provided temporary relief to restaurants that allows them to sell take-out alcoholic beverages with food purchases to customers. Alcoholic beverages can only be consumed at home or in another private setting – not on Pier Plaza, in the parks or the beach. All ordinances prohibiting drinking alcoholic beverages in public, underage drinking, driving under the influence and public intoxication remain in effect. In addition, all fireworks – including “safe and sane” fireworks – are illegal in Hermosa Beach, and their use is subject to fines and confiscation.
“Happy Memorial Day, Hermosa Beach,” the mayor said. “Stay safe, have fun and support our local businesses.”