Beaches Were Shut Down

Huge sign on the beach that says Beach Closed Until Further Notice
Artwork by Anthony Faust
Huge sign on the beach that says Beach Closed Until Further Notice

All throughout the pandemic, being outside was better at stopping the spread of the virus than being inside. Between the combination of the wind and the sun, transmission rates were measurably reduced when people were sprung out of their houses and enjoyed the outdoors.

One of the best places to enjoy being outdoors is the beach, in the middle of the summer. Beautiful, sunny, cloud-free skies, warm salty sea breeze air, and delightful sounds of splashing waves and dozens of people running, swimming, and building epic sandcastles greets you at the beach. Most people famously find the beach relaxing and delightful.

But, during the summer of 2020, the beach was anything but delightful. It became sort of an apocalyptic sandbox, full of rules. From the Los Angeles County’s website, from July of 2020:

The beach is OPEN for active recreational use, such as launching watercraft from, and subject to additional health & safety rules & restrictions. However, the following amenities all remain CLOSED until further notice:
  • Walkway
  • Parking Lot
  • Picnic Tables & Shelters
  • BBQ Grills
  • Playground
  • All beach volleyball courts have had their nets removed

One of the best peaceful, relaxing, leisurely ways to spend a sunny day outside of the home, was effectively reduced to a mini prison: not being able to park, not being able to play, not having a place to prepare or gather to eat food, and absolutely no volleyball. Beaches roped off the courts and even bulldozed huge sand mounds on top of the courts so people wouldn’t get any funny idea and sneak up their own makeshift nets.

In one of the most dumfounding decisions to come from the COVID-19 response, many overzealous municipalities gave a new definition to the phrase “Life’s a Beach!”

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About the Author

My life as a husband and father transformed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sent home from work in March 2020, I've yet to return to the office. Adapting to the new pandemic world proved challenging for us all.

However, we managed to find silver linings. Drive-by birthdays brought joy to my kids' friends. I'll never forget stumbling upon a heartfelt hand-painted rock during my jog, reminding us that we're all in this together. Regular Zoom happy hours with close friends created cherished memories.

While quality time with my family was a blessing, we also faced hurdles. Assisting my youngest daughter with frustrating math homework on a poorly designed iPad app tested our patience. Both girls struggled with wearing masks during sports and school.

Sadly, witnessing COVID-19 being politicized and witnessing the closure of small businesses while the wealthy thrived was disheartening.

I wrote this book to document our experiences, learning from them and striving for better decisions in the future. Join me on this rewarding journey of resilience and growth.

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