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Santa Cruz, Monterey counties restrict Labor Day weekend beach access

Beaches in unincorporated Santa Cruz County will be closed during the upcoming Labor Day weekend to discourage non-essential travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision was made on Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors, who unanimously approved the closures.

Beaches will be partially closed on Sept. 5 at 5 a.m. through Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. Beach crossings to access the ocean for water activities like surfing, swimming, or kayaking is permissible. Parkways, sidewalks and trails adjacent to the beach will also remain open.

Allie Caul Santa Cruz County officials decided Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020 to restrict access to beaches in unincorporated areas over Labor Day weekend as a way to discourage visitors during the Covid-19 pandemic. Pictured here is Rio Del Mar/Seacliff State Beach.

The beaches will be open to the public on Sept. 5 through Sept. 6 between the hours of 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

County Administrative Officer Carlos Palacios said cities in Monterey County will also be enacting beach closures over the three-day weekend.

Palacios said:

“We’ve also have been in touch with the state and they’ve indicated that they will attempt to follow our lead in terms of the closures.”

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