All grass areas along Huntington Beach’s beaches will be closed starting Friday in an attempt to stop overcrowding during the coronavirus outbreak.
The city is installing 500 signs, which will be spaced 50 feet apart, along the grass areas to remind the public the grass is closed, according to Eric McCoy, Huntington Beach’s public information officer.
The large grass area between Ninth and 11th streets will be fenced off.
The grass along the bike path between Seapoint Street and Ninth Street, as well as the picnic area south of Seapoint Street, will also be closed to the public, McCoy said.
“The city is constantly evaluating the situation at our beaches to determine if safe social distancing can be practiced,” McCoy said.
The city previously closed the Huntington Beach Pier and all city-owned beach parking lots, McCoy said. It also installed enhanced signage, increased police patrols and ordered hourly announcements about the need to socially distance from Tower Zero.
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