The Surfrider Foundation, along with South Orange County and our other two Orange County chapters worked with the County of Orange this past week to urge Supervisors to develop a beach access and coastal recreation plan that is protective of public health during COVID-19 and provides for active recreation on our beaches and in the ocean. The majority of Supervisors supported Sup. Lisa Bartlett’s motion to swiftly have county staff under OC Parks’ direction, develop a active beach recreation management plan, covering 42 miles of county beaches and immediately send to the Governor’s desk. As of today, that plan has been approved.
Although California is currently under a Governor-mandated stay home order to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 and reduce community spread, essential activities such as getting outside and exercise are allowed. Our beaches and ocean provide a public space for walking, running, surfing, swimming, paddling and other active recreation. These activities can be conducted safely by avoiding large crowds and while maintaining physical distance.
The Surfrider Foundation has a 35-year history of promoting beach access and coastal recreation for all. And we’re thankful here in Orange County that we can again enjoy the beach, surf and recreational activities, so lets all be respectful and responsible with these new usage guidelines.