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Pier Closures: Icons of California Beaches Closed to Public

Published on: March 26, 2020


While California beaches are to remain open amidst a government issuance of massive closures, it seems that activity on iconic piers situated on those beaches has caught the attention of officials who have decided to shut them down.

Anyone in metropolitan areas watching weather reports on local news broadcasts can see these iconic piers from web cams shown in the background of the weather segments. Watching them recently, you’d notice that people are particularly fond of piers and frequent them as part of an exercise regimen–maybe a little bit more now that millions of residents are off work and their schools are closed.

The trouble for concerned officials is that people visiting piers aren’t maintaining a 6-foot distance from one another. According to the City of Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach Pier and recreational amenities are closed to support social distancing after “many in the community expressed concerns about the crowd of visitors who spent time in Huntington Beach without practicing safe social distancing behavior.” The City closed the Pier beginning March 24, 2020 until further notice.

Other pier closures:

Balboa Pier (Newport Beach) March 25

Newport Pier March 25

Pismo Beach Pier March 25 until further notice

Santa Monica Pier March 16 closed indefinitely

San Clemente Pier March 25 until further notice

Not Closed – Santa Cruz Wharf: According to the City, while most businesses on the Santa Cruz Wharf are currently closed, the Wharf itself will operate a reduced public access schedule through April 10, 2020, for walking, jogging, and other activities that comply with County Social Distancing Requirements.

Other California Piers

Ocean Beach Pier San Diego

Oceanside Pier

Stearns Wharf Santa Barbara

Ventura Pier

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