All City of Del Mar beaches, beach access points, bluffs, Powerhouse Park, Seagrove Park and areas adjacent to the San Dieguito River are closed to protect public health and promote safe social distancing during COVID-19.
Days after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a March 19 Executive Order for all Californians to stay at home, a sunny weekend March 21 and 22 attracted great numbers of visitors to Del Mar’s beaches and parks.
While many of the visitors practiced safe social distancing -- staying at least six feet apart from people who are not in the same household -- many others clustered into groups.
On March 28 -- a sunny Saturday and the first weekend day of the closure -- the beach was all but empty.
The closures follow a March 24 order of the County Health Officer authorizing local jurisdictions to close beaches and parks if social distancing cannot be enforced.
As the City of Del Mar moves to minimize public exposure to coronavirus, closures also include public parks, where health officials warn against making contact with high-touch surfaces such as play structures, benches and railings.
Del Mar has closed its beaches and parks in close collaboration with neighboring cities.
Open the Amended Order of the Health Officer (PDF).
Open Gov.Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order (PDF)Del Mar beach March 22, 2020
Del Mar beach, March 28, 2020