California Travel Tips

What’s Left to Do If the Grass is Off Limits, Too?

Published on: April 04, 2020


If you purchased annual parking passes at parks and beaches, they may be of little value during the Spring 2020. In addition to California State Parks & Beaches being closed, places such as the City of Huntington Beach closed lots to decrease beach visitation. Huntington Beach Pier, all City-owned beach parking lots, increased police patrols, and hourly announcements about the need to socially distance were some actions taken in response to COVID-19.

On April 3, 2020, “HB” also closed all grass areas along the City’s beaches and on both sides of the bike path. 500 signs spaced 50 feet apart along the identified grass areas were set up. What’s left to do? Kids are getting wild, the adults are losing their minds and people are frustrated about their health and finances.

  • Those wearing braces feel the wires sticking into their skin as orthodontists are closed and can’t make adjustments.
  • Good luck if your glasses break or need adjustments!
  • People with bleeding disorders, post-surgery check-ups, and those simply needing Tylenol for pain are having a hard time getting doctor visits, or even over the counter pain relief.
  • Hoarding remains as grocery stores close down aisles of sold-out basics.
  • Amazon Prime’s “Fresh” and or other paid delivery options simply are unavailable due to demand.

With time on their hands and no customers companies, events, museums and attractions are getting creative:

  • Oakland Zoo offers Behind the Scenes looks at the animals, veterinarians, and zoo keepers for a fee to keep people in touch with the animal world.
  • Film festivals like San Diego Italian Film Festival have gone online.
  • Museums such as The Muck in Fullerton offer drive-thru, pick up art kits. For Easter there’s a free Faberge Egg project.
  • California museums such as Filoli in Woodside and Huntington Library & Gardens in San Marino have amped up their online presence to share what’s happening in the gardens.
  • San Luis Obispo Wine Collective is among the state’s many offering curbside delivery at participating wineries. Essential winery and vineyard production and business operations as well as purchase and pick-up of wine are permitted, according to the Wine Institute, championing California Wines “Down to Earth Month” in April.
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