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, Swim Guide Editor
Posted: March 25, 2020 at 12:26 am

29 May 2020 updates

In an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus, enforce social distancing, and in certain cases, accommodate mandatory work and travel restrictions, states, counties, and cities across the USA are limiting access to beaches. The majority of US recreational water quality monitoring programs continue to sample beaches and share test results as usual. However, certain monitoring programs have been paused or modified in the wake of the coronavirus.

Below is a list of all US states whose recreational water quality data we share on Swim Guide. You’ll find current beach access and closure information for each state in Swim Guide, as well as updates on the status of recreational water quality monitoring programs during the Covid-19 pandemic. This list will be updated frequently, as new information becomes available.

Alabama

Alabama released the Proceed With Caution plan. Beaches, public or private, are now open. Click here for more.

Arkansas

Day use areas, such trails used for hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife watching, and trails listed below. Non fee-based swimming beaches are open, fee-based/lifeguard supervised beaches are closed. Click here for more.

California

Shelter in Place order from the State of California Public Health Officer was issued as an executive order by the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, on 19 March 2020. Click here to access the executive order.

The public is ordered to practice social distancing and in many counties and cities in California, beaches, as well as access points to beaches, have been closed. In certain regions surfing has also been banned and fines are issue These include: beaches in Los Angeles, Malibu, Marin County, San Diego, Santa Cruz (surfing included), Santa Monica, Sonoma, Ventura.

California Department of Parks and Recreation current updates on closures here.

Beach water quality monitoring continues. Monitoring test results are accessible on Swim Guide and from county monitoring programs.

East Bay Regional Park District:  Most beaches in East Bay remain closed. In some parks, beaches are accessible by foot or by bike. Click here for more. 

Marin County: Many Marin County Parks locations will be open to drive-in access beginning Monday, May 18. Coastal parks and popular locations that encourage congregating will remain off-limits to vehicles. View the Parks location list for the status of individual locations.

Monterey County: The Governor of California announced that beaches and all state parks in Monterey County will be partially closed, effective Friday, 1 May 2020. Click here for more.

San Diego County: Beaches are open. Some reopening restrictions may apply. Click here for more.

San Francisco County: The Shelter in Place order is extended until the end of May. Beaches are open. The city of San Fransisco released a list of allowable activities. Swimming is not on the list. Click here for more.

San Luis Obispo County: Beaches are open. Facilities are closed and some daily visitor limits may apply. Click here for more.

San Mateo County: Beaches are open as of April 14, 2020. Water monitoring is suspended due to the shelter in place order. Click here for more.

Santa Cruz County: Beaches are open. Some reopening restrictions may apply. The County’s water quality monitoring program is operating on a reduced schedule. Click here for more.

Ventura County: Trails are currently open as of April 17, 2020. Facilities are closed.  Click here for more.

Connecticut

Due to challenges in maintaining appropriate social distancing, Kent Falls State Park and Seaside State Park (Waterford) will remain closed for the duration of the Public Health Emergency. In addition, the boardwalk connector from the parking lot at Silver Sands State Park is closed. Park visitors will have access to the beach area and are to abide by directional signage posted at the park. Click here for more.

Currently, recreational water quality monitoring has not begun for 2020, so no known impact.

Delaware

Beaches are open. Visitors are permitted to exercise or walk their dogs where dogs are allowed. Click here for more information.

Currently, recreational water quality monitoring has not begun for 2020, so no known impact.

District of Columbia

Mayor Bowser Extends Public Health Emergency, Stay at Home Order, and Closure of Non-Essential Businesses Through May 15. Parks are closed.

Anacostia Park and Fort Davis Drive in Fort Dupont Park will be closed to traffic. Click here for more information

Currently, recreational water quality monitoring has not begun for 2020, so no known impact.

Florida

Florida, the Sunshine State, has closed or limited access to many of the state’s parks as well as the many beaches in order to curb the spread of coronavirus, and to enforce social distancing. Governor Ron DeSantis issued an order limiting the number of people on beaches, and ordering social distancing measures in place. Local authorities throughout the state have closed or limited access to beaches.

In most counties, the most crowded and popular beaches are closed.

Florida State Parks

Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection closed all Florida State Parks to the public effective 23 March 2020, by order of the governor, “to successfully uphold CDC guidance to maximize social distancing and avoid gatherings larger than 10 people.” Access Florida State Parks page on the closures here.

Northern East Coast Florida Beaches

Duval County: Beaches are open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. each morning and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each evening. In Jacksonville Beach, public parking is available. Click here for more.

Flagler County: Flagler Beach are open. Parking lot and beach amenities are closed. Click here for more.

Nassau County: Beaches are open. Parking lot and beach amenities are closed. Click here for more.

St. Johns County: Beaches are open. On-beach driving remains prohibited, and CDC guidelines and social distancing restrictions stay in place. Click here for more.

Central East Coast Florida Beaches

Brevard County: Beaches are open. Parking will remain closed until May 15, 2020. All employees and patrons must practice social distancing. Click here for more.

Indian River County: All public beach access points in Indian River County, except for Seagrape Trail, are open to the public. Click here for more.

Volusia County: Beaches are open. Groups on the beach are limited to a maximum of six people, and groups are required to distance themselves by at least 10 feet from other groups. Click here for more.

Central West Coast Florida Beaches

Hermando County: Pine Island park is open. Click here for more.

Hillsborough County : Beaches are open. Some facilities are still closed. Click here for more.

Pinellas County: All Pinellas County public beaches and public beach parking facilities are open. Click here for more.

Pasco County: Beaches are open with restrictions. Parking lot and beach amenities are closed. Click here for more.

Florida Panhandle Beaches

Bay County: Beaches are open. Parking lot and beach amenities are closed. Click here for more.

Escambia County: Beaches are open parking remain closed until May 15, 2020. Click here for more.

Franklin County: Beaches and parking are open. Click here for more.

Gulf County: Beaches are open. Parking lot and beach amenities are open. Click here for more.

Okaloosa County: Beaches are open. Parking lot and beach amenities are closed. Click here for more.

Santa Rosa County: All county parks are open for the public to enjoy walking and running with exception of parks on the island of Navarre Beach. Click here for more.

Wakulla County: Beaches are open. Parking lot and beach amenities are closed. Click here for more.

Walton County: Beaches are open. Parking lot and beach amenities are closed. Click here for more.

Southeast Florida Beaches

Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties: Broward County officials reopened beached on May 26 with restrictions. Click here for more.

Florida Keys/Monroe County: Beaches are open, Lodging is closed to all visitors until further notice. Click here for more.

Martin County: All Martin County public beach access points are open. Except for Hobe Sound and Bathtub beaches. Beachgoers must follow CDC guidelines and park in designated spaces. Click here for more.

St Lucie County: Beaches are open. Some restrictions are still in place, to help continue to slow the spread of COVID-19. Click here for more.

Southwest Florida Beaches

Charlotte County: Charlotte County beaches are open during regularly scheduled hours (6 a.m. to 9 p.m). Click here for more.

Collier County: Beaches open with restrictions, 7 to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to sunset. Click here for more.

Manatee County: County parks and preserves, except Portosueno, Rose and Sunny Shores Parks, are open to the public. Facilities are open as well. Click here for more.

Lee County: Beaches are open with caveats. Click here for more.

Sarasota County: Beach access and parking are now available at county-owned beaches. Chairs, coolers and canopies are also allowed, but we are asking all beachgoers to maintain social distancing and keep groups to 10 or less. Click here for more.

Georgia

Georgia state parks are open for day-use. Visitors are asked to practice social distancing and follow guidelines. Park visitor centers are temporarily closed.

Chairs, tents, umbrellas and coolers are currently prohibited on all beaches.
Parks will temporarily close if they reach capacity. Click here for more.

Beach water-quality testing temporarily suspended by Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Resource Division.

Hawaii

Stay at home order is effective until May 31. The Division of State Parks will reopen selected parks. Some restrictions will apply. Click here for more.

More beaches are open for active exercise, including surfing, swimming, jogging, hiking, and walking pets. Social distancing must be practiced.

Recreational water monitoring has stopped until further notice.Click here for more.

Idaho

Idaho parks are open for day use. Visitor centers and campgrounds plan to open on May 30, 2020 Click here for more.

Recreational water quality monitoring and access to water bodies currently not in season, and not impacted.

Illinois

Effective May 1, Illinois state parks will be open from sun-up to sundown. For additional information on specific areas within specific parks, Click here.

Recreational water quality monitoring and access to water bodies currently not in season, and not impacted.

Indiana

Indiana issued the Back on Track plan. Click here for more.

All DNR properties including state parks, state forests, fish and wildlife areas, nature preserves and state recreation areas are open. However, some services and facilities are temporarily closed. Click here for more.

Recreational water quality monitoring and access to water bodies currently not in season, and not impacted.

Louisiana

Beaches in Louisiana are open with no restrictions. The governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards declared the beginning of phase one of the Resilient Louisiana plan. Here. Outdoor activities are allowed providing individuals to maintain a six feet distance from one another.

Recreational water quality monitoring has begun in the state’s 24 monitored beaches.

Maine

Maine extended the Stay Safer at Home Order until May 31, 2020. Beaches in the state of Maine are currently open. Click here for more.

The Maine Healthy Beaches water quality monitoring program is running normally.

Maryland

On May 9, Mayor Richard W. Mcchan opened Maryland’s beaches and boardwalks for the public. Click here to access the city’s Covid-19 page.

Recreational water quality monitoring currently not in season, and not impacted.

Massachusetts

Massachusets published the Reopening Massachusetts on May 18, 2020. Beaches in Massachusetts are open for day use. Gathering more than 10 people is prohibited. Click here for the Reopening Massachusetts plan.

Michigan

Recreational water quality monitoring currently not in season, and not impacted by the coronavirus. Currently, most State Park trail and boating facilities remain open, but social distancing must be maintained.

Michigan’s Governor Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order no. 2020-77, which at this time continues to permit outdoor activities.

Minnesota

Recreational water quality monitoring currently not in season, and not impacted by the coronavirus. Currently, no beach access has been limited or prohibited. Click here for more.

Mississippi

Beaches in Mississippi are open. Visitors must practise social distancing. Click here for more information.

Beaches in Mississippi are monitored year-round by Mississippi DEQ. As of 3 April 2020, on order of Governor Reeves, all beaches in the state have been closed, until at least 20 April 2020. MDEQ has suspended its public beach water quality monitoring program & notifications for that period.

Montana

The state of Montana released its Reopening the Big Sky plan. The current phase one indicates that outdoor recreation can become operational if sites adhere to a strict physical distancing between groups and exercise frequent sanitation protocols if public facilities are open. Beaches and swimming are not mentioned in the plan. Click here for more.

Camping will be open at most FWP fishing access sites and state parks on May 1. From May 1 to May 15 campers may encounter reduced amenities or limited services that are typical for the opening of early-season recreational sites.

Group-use sites, including fishing piers, will open May 1 but social distancing guidelines must be strictly followed.

Smith River State Park is closed to floating and camping through May 4, 2020. Float recreation on the Smith River will resume May 5.

Bannack State Park remains closed.

Water quality monitoring currently not in season, and not impacted by the coronavirus.

New Hampshire

As of April 25th & 26th: Parks are open for day-use. Social distancing guidelines must be followed. Click here for more. 

On Friday May 1, Governor Sununu announced “Stay at Home 2.0” as the next step of a phased approach to opening the state for business. Included was the opening of State Park and private campgrounds. Click here for more

Recreational water quality monitoring currently not in season, and not impacted by the coronavirus. Currently, no beach access has been limited or prohibited.

New Jersey

New Jersey State Parks are now open. Swimming is still prohibited Click here for more information.

Governor Phil Murphy issued a new executive order, executive Stay at Home order No.133 with set rules on social distancing.

New Mexico

Begining May 16, some state parks will reopen with COVID-Safe practices. Click here for more information.

New York

New York State Park grounds, forests and trails are currently open. Some State Parks have filled to capacity and are currently closed to incoming visitors and traffic. Click here to find out if your park is open.

State Park beaches will begin to open to swimming Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, at 50% capacity or less and with heightened precautions. You must practice social distancing at a state beach. Pools will remain closed. Click here for more information.

North Carolina

Most state parks are open. Visit for more info.

A number of coastal towns and cities in North Carolina have issued beach closures, or limited access to residents only in a bit to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Notably, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and Surf City beaches. Strict enforcement measures are in place to ensure the public complies.

Currently there are no official pauses or changes to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Recreational Water Quality Monitoring Program.

Ohio

Most Ohio parks are open with some exceptions. Click here find more information

Recreational water quality monitoring currently not in season, and not impacted by the coronavirus. Currently, no beach access has been limited or prohibited.
Note that Ohio State Parks have been closed due to the coronavirus, and a “Stay at Home” order has been issued by the governor.

Oregon

The 2020 Oregon beach monitoring season is postponed, due to Governor Brown’s “Stay Home. Safe Lives” executive order.
Some State parks, park-managed parking lots, and beach access points in Oregon are temporarily closed, find out which State Parks are open, here. Local authorities may also decide to close other beach access points along the coastline. Click here for more information.

Oregon Health Authority’s recreational water quality monitoring won’t begin until the end of May, and currently, there is no notice that the program will be impacted by the coronavirus.

Pennsylvania

Beaches are open. Click here for more information.

Recreational water quality monitoring and access to water bodies currently not in season, and not impacted.

Puerto Rico

Governor Wanda Vázquez extended the lockdown issued on 15 March, until May 25, as well as a curfew of 9 PM in order to curb the spread of Covid-19. Beach access is prohibited, and many beaches are barricaded. The lockdown and the closure of beaches are enforced by police. Violators can be fined up to $5,000 and/or jailed for six months.

Rhode Island

On May 18, the governor of Rohde Island, Gina Raimondo, published the Reopening RI plan. In its Beach Guidance page, found here, the plan states that beaches in Rohde Island will open soon. Beaches will open with additional guidelines.

Recreational water quality monitoring and access to water bodies currently not in season, and not impacted.

South Carolina

South Carolina’s beaches are open for recreational use.Click here for more.

Currently, winter recreational water quality monitoring continues.

Tennessee

Tennessee state parks are open for day-use. Click here for more.

Texas

As of 25 March 2020 the Texas General Land Office (GLO) Texas Beach Watch recreational water quality monitoring continues as expected for the 61 beaches along the Texas coast in Aransas, Brazoria, Cameron, Galveston, Jefferson, Kleberg, Matagorda, Nueces and San Patricio counties.

Cameron County has closed access to beaches. Social distancing is recommended at all beaches, and gatherings are banned.

Virginia

Virginia has declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus.

Virginia State Parks are open for day-use activities. Virginia State Parks Campgrounds are set to reopen on May 21.

Beaches are not currently closed. Recreational water quality monitoring is currently not in season, and not currently impacted.

Washington

The Washington State Parks authorities announced that parks are open for day-use.

Recreational water quality monitoring is currently not in season, and not currently impacted. Ocean beaches and Columbia River Gorge parks remain closed. click here for a list of parks which are open.

West Virginia

Governor Jim Justice published the West Virginia Reopening plan, found here.
West Virginia’s parks are open for day use. Click here for more information.

Recreational water quality monitoring is currently not in season, and not currently impacted.

Wisconsin

Stay at home order in effect as of 25 March 2020. Most Wisconsin State Park properties are open to the public.
Recreational water quality monitoring currently not in season, and not impacted by the coronavirus. Currently, no beach access has been limited or prohibited.

 
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