Beachgoers Flout COVID-19 Protocols

Hans Siebert &nbsp&nbsp  Hundreds of people crowded Crown Beach over the Labor Day weekend despite COVID-19 warnings about social distancing and wearing face coverings when outside places they reside.

Beachgoers Flout COVID-19 Protocols

Scorching weather attracted people to Crown Beach over the Labor Day weekend. Most beachgoers ignored Alameda County’s face-covering and social-distancing mandates. Crown Beach falls under the jurisdiction of the East Bay Regional Park District, which has closed the Mackay Avenue parking lot and the Crab Cove Visitors Center. The district states on its website that it is “educating visitors to please keep the 6-foot distance (and) wear face masks.”

On Sept. 2, the City Council voted to allow issuing citations to people not wearing face coverings and failing to follow 6-foot social distancing protocols. A first infraction would cost $250, increasing to $500 for a second and to $1,000 for a third infraction. On Tuesday, Sept. 8, Alameda County reported that 357 Alameda residents had tested positive for COVID-19.