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Santa Barbara County beaches will partially close for the Labor Day holiday weekend

Isla Vista beach closed
Scott Sheahen / KEYT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Santa Barbara City and County beaches will look a lot like Fourth of July weekend, partially closed. The goal is to prevent large crowds on the beach lessening the spread of COVID-19.

City and County beaches will be open for active use.

Recreational activities are allowed including walking and running on the sand or swimming, surfing, bodyboarding or paddle boarding in the ocean.

Setting up a tent, umbrella and picnic are not allowed. Also not allowed is sitting, sunbathing and other non-exercise, passive or stationary activities.

Raquel Zick with the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office said extra deputies will be at beaches and trailheads enforcing the closure. Their goal is to inform beachgoers of the closures. And answering any questions about what is allowed.

Santa Barbara parks recreation manager, Rich Hanna, said the city volleyball courts will remain up through the weekend. They will allow volleyball because they didn't have any problems with it during Fourth of July weekend. However they will not allowed games spikeball, which needs equipment to be set up.

A Santa Barbara County Public Health officer order will go into effect Friday, September 4 at 12:01 a.m. and last until Monday, September 7 at 11:59 p.m.. Along with the partial beach closures there will be parking lot closures. Friday, September 4 at 2 a.m. to Tuesday, September 8 at 6 a.m. beach parking lots will be closed.

Visit Santa Barbara is helping spread the message about what is and is not closed. You can see what they say here. You can also see what the county announced here.

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