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  • Press Release - Beach Closure State Order

    PRESS RELEASE
    CITY OF SAN CLEMENTE
    OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER
    ROBERT DUNEK, INTERIM CITY MANAGER
    Contact: Name, title
    Erik Sund, Assistant City Manager
    (949) 361-8360 or CityHall@San-Clemente.org
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    4/30/2020
    CITY RECEIVES ORDERS TO CLOSE BEACHES
    4/30/2020…San Clemente, California…Pursuant to the orders issued by the Office of the Governor, beaches will close to public access beginning Friday, May 1, 2020. The letter received from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services is attached herein.
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    April 30, 2020
    Dan Bane, Mayor
    Lara Ferguson, Mayor Pro Tem
    Chris Hamm, Council Member
    Gene James, Council Member
    Kathleen Ward, Council Member
    San Clemente City Council
    910 Calle Negocio
    San Clemente, CA, 92673
    City Council Members:
    Thank you for your ongoing leadership protecting Orange County communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The Governor’s March 19, 2020 Executive Order EO-N-33 directs all residents to heed current State public health directives to preserve public health and safety. Current State public health directives prohibit gatherings of any size and direct residents to stay home unless participating in essential workforce activities or authorized necessary activities. As explained here, among other things: “Californians can walk, run, hike and bike in their local neighborhoods as long as they continue to practice social distancing of 6 feet.” These restrictions are in place and are necessary to protect all Californians from the spread of COVID-19.
    Last weekend, state and local beaches in Orange County experienced exceptionally heavy visitation that generated a high concentration of beach visitors in close physical proximity. State public health leadership reviewed conditions on these beaches and determined that this beach visitation created unsafe conditions. These conditions threaten the health of both beach visitors and community members who did not visit the beach but are threatened by worsening spread of the virus, including first responders and health care providers.
    In response, our State Department of Parks and Recreation is shifting to full closure of all Orange County State Beaches on a temporary basis. These beach closures will take effect tomorrow morning, May 1. Additionally, beaches
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    operated by local governments in Orange County are directed to institute full
    closure starting tomorrow, May 1, to restrict the gathering of visitors that create
    unsafe conditions. Full closure means that there is no public access to these
    beaches on a temporary basis to protect public health. All restrooms are closed,
    and there are no parking facilities open for visitors, or recreational boats. No
    activities are permitted on the beach (including sunbathing, walking or running
    or watersports).
    We understand that many Californians are eager to spend time and recreate
    outdoors given the public health crisis necessitating the state’s Stay-at-Home
    Order. We continue to encourage residents to spend time outdoors in their
    neighborhoods and local parks that remain open for activities while maintaining
    safe physical distance. Additionally, we are hopeful and confident that we can
    collaborate with local Orange County leaders to identify measures that can
    restore safe beach access as soon as possible. But until such time as those
    measures are in place, this additional step to preserve public health and safety
    has proven essential.
    This is a critical moment in California’s battle against COVID-19, and Californians
    have stepped up to limit the spread of the virus. Temporary beach closures in
    Orange County will help to ensure continued progress on limiting spread of the
    virus, which will expedite our process to restore important activities within our
    economy and communities.
    Thank you very much for your ongoing collaboration and leadership during this
    critical time.
    Sincerely,
    MARK S. GHILARDUCCI
    Director, Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
    WADE CROWFOOT
    Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency
    San Clemente City Council

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