.Santa Cruz in Photos: People Flock to Hang Out At the Beach

The Main Beach in Santa Cruz is shown June 20 around 6pm, an hour after the beaches opened following the 11am to 5pm closures that were in place at the time.

County health officials lifted the beach closures on Friday, saying they had “become impossible for law enforcement to continue to enforce.”

The county’s beaches were closed starting in May from 11am to 5pm daily except for certain water-based activities like surfing and swimming. Lounging on the beach was prohibited at all times. The rules were intended to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Throughout the beach closures, people continued to flock to local beaches with ice chests, umbrellas, tents and blankets in tow.

See more from the Santa Cruz in Photos series.


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Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.
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