Carmel Beach during Covid-19


UPDATED 07/06/2020

The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea recognizes the importance of outdoor activities and exercise during this challenging time of COVID-19.  Just because the State and County stay-at-home orders have been modified, it does not mean things are going back to normal.  It is important that we all continue to stay close to home, practice physical distancing, and avoid congregating with others outside our immediate household.  All of these measures will help lessen the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The Monterey County Shelter-in-Place Order issued March 18, 2020, amended April 3, 2020, and May 1, 2020, allows individuals to leave their residence for “Essential Activities.”  The Order defines outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, or running provided individuals comply with the social distancing requirements as an “Essential Activity.”  “Social Distancing Requirements” include maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible, or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes, regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.

The City recognizes that outdoor activities are beneficial to relieve stress during these stressful times and encourages our residents to get outside and enjoy our local parks and the beach for walking, jogging, running, ocean recreational use, and wheelchair use.  

If we all follow the following guidelines, the beach will remain open and we can continue to lessen the spread of the COVID-19 virus:

Stay close to home – Stay close to home.  Please do not take road trips to the beach.

Leave it at Home – The use of coolers, umbrellas, shade tents, beach equipment,  BBQ’s or chairs is not allowed.

Keep it Moving – Passive recreation (group activities/sports, sitting/lounging, picnics, sunbathing, BBQs/campfires) are not allowed.  Only active recreation (walking, running, swimming, surfing) is allowed.

  • Stay Safer at 6ft – No matter the recreational activity, maintain a physical distance of six feet or more.
  • Keep Clean – Be prepared.  The restrooms may be closed to the public.  Bring soap/sanitizer.
  • No Gatherings – Outdoor activities/events that bring together persons from multiple households at the same time are prohibited.
  • No Beach Fires – The City supplied wood burning fire pits have not been placed on the beach due to the COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Orders.  The use of self-supplied propane devices is prohibited during Shelter-in-Place Orders.

The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea appreciates your cooperation in adhering to the State and Monterey County Shelter-in-Place Orders.  Please stay safe and we will all get together soon.

For more information on the Monterey County and State Shelter-in-Place Orders and COVID-19 please visit: Monterey County Shelter-in-Place Order