During a special City Council meeting today the City Council approved the opening of Moonlight Beach effective Monday, April 27 at 8:00 AM.  The beach will be open for walking, running, and all water activities except for boating.  The San Diego County Health Order states that all private or public “gatherings” are prohibited and while people are outside using public parks and recreation areas, they must comply with social distancing of at least six feet apart. Additionally, per the County Health Order parking lots, other than ADA spaces shall be closed and public facilities shall be used by members of the public who reside within walking distance.  Government Code Section 8665 provides that any person who violates any of the provisions of the California Emergency Services Act or who refuses or willfully neglects to obey any lawful order or regulation as provided in the Act, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punishable by a fine of not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) or by imprisonment for not to exceed six months or by both such fine and imprisonment. 

The County Health Order states that open spaces shall be immediately closed if the social distancing requirements which are still in effect cannot be effectively implemented, which may result in Moonlight Beach being closed if the public does not comply with the County’s Order. The City Council authorized the Marine Safety Division to limit the number of beachgoers as deemed necessary to ensure public safety.


Facial coverings are recommended when in any public area where other people are present who are not members of your household and when you cannot maintain six feet distancing.


The boundaries of the beach will be dictated by the tides and for user safety will be marked by black and white checkered flags at the north and south ends.  Marine Safety will expand the boundary as the tide withdraws and will contract the boundary as the tide advances.  The graphic below illustrates identified access points where social distancing can be observed, an established zone for swimming, and the limited use areas for walking and running.


For additional information please contact Patrick Piatt at [email protected]