Beach Reopening: Phase I

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Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, people will be able to take their chairs, umbrellas and beach towels to any one of Virginia Beach beaches and just relax, if that's their preference.

Governor Ralph Northam is allowing Virginia Beach to open its beaches, with certain restrictions still in place to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The City's 28 miles of beach, from Chesapeake Bay and the Oceanfront to Croatan and Sandbridge as well as the state's First Landing State Park beach, will be open starting May 22 to recreational activity.  Governor Northam stated that he would not hesitate to reinstate additional restrictions or close beaches if people do not follow the rules. 

COVID-19 Beach Regulations

The regulations will be posted at each beach access and enforced. They include: 

  • Stay 6-ft. apart -- Governor Northam's Executive Order 55 requires individuals to maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person, with the exception of family members
  • 10 people or less -- Executive Order 61 prohibits all public and private in-person gatherings of more than 10 individuals
  • No speakers
  • No large coolers - 39 quarts or less
  • No alcohol
  • No tents, canopies OR groups of umbrellas (keep it to 1 or 2)
  • No group sports (volleyball, football, Frisbee, etc.)
In addition, the City will not provide or support any activities or programming that generate mass gatherings and will keep all beach playsets closed. 

Existing City ordinances already apply to some of these activities in the resort area (2nd to 42nd streets). For more information about local ordinances, visit: https://library.municode.com/va/virginia_beach/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CO_CH6BEBOWA_ARTIINGE

Parking

Public parking garages and surface lots will be limited to 50% capacity.