What's open and closed this long weekend: Beaches, parks and trails in Southern California

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As more businesses reopen, public lands follow suit
Southern Californians are still under orders to stay close to home and cover their faces outdoors, but the mid-May reopening of Los Angeles city and county trails, L.A. County beaches and Angeles National Forest trails, followed by Joshua Tree National Park, means new room to move for millions in this region.

The re-openings come with many strings attached, including required face coverings in many areas, forbidden gatherings and closed parking lots, piers and beach boardwalks; those details vary by city. L.A. County public health officials, struggling to reduce the largest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the western U.S., are loosening some reins while holding tight to others.

Neighboring counties have been loosening up more rapidly. On public lands, whether on the coast, in the desert or in the mountains, rules continue to change almost daily.

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•The Orange County cities of Seal Beach, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach are extending their beach hours for the Memorial Day weekend and reopening many beach-adjacent parking lots.

•The Angeles National Forest north of Los Angeles on May 16 reopened 23 popular trails, four trail heads and 19 roads in the San Gabriel Mountains but will have social distancing requirements. Forest officials also will begin gradually reopening campgrounds, picnic areas and other "developed recreation" sites off-limits since early April.

"Within the next week we'll have some of the campgrounds open," said spokesman Nathan Judy. "Within the next month, hopefully a majority of them." He said campers would be able to check the forest's website beginning Friday for updates on the status of individual campgrounds and picnic…
Christopher Reynolds, Mary Forgione
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