Beach Reopening

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Governor Ralph Northam allowed Virginia Beach to open its beaches with certain restrictions in place to help 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, opened on May 22 to recreational activity.  Phase III began July 1, 2020 and it calls for the following: 

COVID-19 Beach Regulations

The regulations will be posted at each beach access and enforced. They include (updated as of July 1, 2020): 

  • Stay 6 ft. apart – Please maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person (with the exception of family members)
  • Stay 10 ft. apart from other participants when playing any recreational sports
  • Wear a face covering when appropriate distancing is not possible and when entering restaurants, shops and public buildings
  • 250 people or less in groups – up from the 50 person limit in Phase II
  • No large coolers – 39 quarts or less
  • No alcohol
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:


Public parking garages and surface lots may offer limited spaces, especially at Little Island Park and other locations in Sandbridge.