Lifeguards near the OB Pier dealt both with water safety problems — having to race into surf to check on people or warn them of danger — and repeatedly educating people about no-sitting or lying rules.
No sooner did they talk to one seated beachgoer, then they approached others for playing ball. Then others would step on the sand and pull out a blanket, and lifeguards headed in that direction.
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A surfer at Windansea catches a wave despite generally poor surfing conditions. Photo by Chris Stone
La Jolla beaches were popular Monday as restrictions on beach access were eased. Photo by Chris Stone
A woman with a board scouts the waves near Ocean Beach Pier. Photo by Chris Stone
A man, one of few beachgoers to wear a mask, watches his child in the water. Photo by Chris Stone
Beachgoers were eager to dip their toes in water on the first day the beaches reopened. Photo by Chris Stone
A lifeguard at Windansea patrols the beach as a surfer comes on shore. Photo by Chris Stone
A man relaxing on a blanket near the Ocean Beach Pier was told by a lifeguard that rules bar lying on the beach. Photo by Chris Stone
A lifeguard pulls up to tell a woman that sitting on the beach violates current rules. Photo by Chris Stone
A runner wore a surgical mask on the first day of beach openings in San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone
Three women head for the waves at Tourmaline Surf Park Beach in La Jolla. Photo by Chris Stone
Surfers flocked to the waves Monday afternoon at Windansea Beach in La Jolla. Photo by Chris Stone
A young boy plays with bubbles made by Alan James at Ocean Beach Pier. Photo by Chris Stone
They used a bullhorn or drove over to them to enforce pandemic rules.
Dealing with the middle ground between a complete beach closure and complete opening, lifeguards had to split their attention between water and sand, even though infractions were minor in nature.
One Ocean Beach lifeguard said people were falling back on old patterns — unaware of rules barring sitting on the beach and playing games. He still rated them “A.” But another, when asked to give a letter grade, said some exhibited “F” acts.
“They weren’t following the rules,” he said with some exasperation.
Sand-goers would face reclosing of the beaches if rules weren’t followed, he said.
One lifeguard at Windansea said it was “like herding cats,” but that people were behaving fine. Many surfers were in the water in La Jolla and Ocean Beach.
At Tourmaline, most people in the early afternoon were just strolling on the beach with few lifeguard warnings.