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Pismo Beach police upping enforcement at beach ahead of warm weekend

Local beaches are expected to be a popular spot to beat the heat this weekend.
Pismo Beach upping enforcement at beach ahead of warm weekend
Posted at 3:06 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-25 00:03:44-04

Local beaches are expected to be a popular spot to beat the heat this weekend.

The Pismo Beach Police Department says it's upping patrols in the area to help enforce social distancing guidelines.

KSBY spoke to one group from Santa Clara County on Friday who say they came to Pismo Beach to get out of the Bay Area for a while, something that is not encouraged.

The Pismo Pier has been closed since the end of March and City-owned parking lots and meters in Pismo Beach are being strictly limited to one hour.

Most people on the beach appeared to be abiding by social distancing guidelines Friday afternoon.

The Port San Luis Harbor District is also trying to restrict the number of visitors to its three beaches.

Avila, Fisherman's and Old Port beaches are open, but only for people to walk on for a short time, described as less than an hour.

Towels, chairs and blankets are also restricted from being set up at the beach.

Parking lots at all coastal county parks, including Cayucos, Hardie, and Shamel parks, are closed and parking lots at all beaches in Morro Bay, including the Morro Rock, Coleman, Pit, and Sand parking lots, also remain closed.

In Santa Barbara County, officials say County beach, park and trail vehicle access and parking will be closed if crowds become an issue.