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San Diegans head to beaches to kick off Memorial Day weekend

The rules for beaches and shorelines state that only walking and running are allowed. "No stopping, sitting, or lying down."

SAN DIEGO — As San Diegans headed for area beaches on the start of the Memorial Day weekend, Lifeguard Services officials said beachgoers seemed to be following county health guidelines issued to slow the spread of the coronavius pandemic.

Marine Safety Lt. Maureen Hodges of Lifeguard Services called it a "pretty routine" day.

"Lifeguards made some rescues," Hodges said. "But so far, we're off to a good start here in La Jolla."

"I understand it's a difficult time, so far we've seen good compliance over the last eight weeks, we appreciate it and just want people to keep it up a little bit longer and hopefully we can open it up a little more as time goes on," said Hodges.  

She then encouraged beachgoers to come to the beach, get their exercising in, then leave.

"We want all San Diegans and visitors to enjoy our beaches," Lifeguard Chief James Gartland said on Friday. "However, the public health rules that are in place must be followed this weekend. We expect a lot of visitors and will work closely with our partners at San Diego Police Department to make sure everyone stays safe."

The rules for beaches and shorelines state that only walking and running are allowed. "No stopping, sitting or lying down."

In the ocean, only swimming, surfing, kayaking and single-person paddling are allowed.

In San Diego bays, single-household recreational boating is allowed, along with fishing, but not from the shoreline. No swimming on the bay and Mission Bay Park.

Boardwalks, piers, parking lots and Fiesta Island are closed.

Gatherings and non-physical distancing activities are not allowed anywhere.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Friday asked San Diegans to "follow public health rules that keep us safe."

"We've all worked so hard, so let's enjoy our progress but not give up the gains we've made," Faulconer said. "Whether you're on the sand or at a shop this weekend, stay classy out there San Diego."

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