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As harsh heat arrives, Labor Day weekend beach restrictions begin across SB County

Beach restrictions Labor Day weekend
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Lifeguards are alerting groups of weekend restrictions, which prevent passive recreation on Santa Barbara County beaches through Monday.

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - As Labor Day weekend begins, so do beach restrictions across Santa Barbara County.

People are not allowed to sit, stand or sunbathe on the beach--a measure the County's Public Health Department announced weeks ago to stop groups from gathering, and possibly prevent spread of the coronavirus.

Active recreation on the beach or in the ocean is still permitted.

Lifeguards in the city of Santa Barbara are double-staffing this weekend to educate those gathering on the beach about the rules this weekend.

Santa Barbara police, Harbor Patrol and County park rangers are also set to aid enforcement efforts over the weekend.

The restrictions are very similar to those imposed over Fourth of July weekend, which passed without major compliance issues in Santa Barbara County. City lifeguards say almost everyone have been compliant and understanding of the rules so far.

Beach restrictions come with an added challenge this weekend, however: potentially record-breaking heat throughout Southern California.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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