LONG BEACH – The City of Long Beach announced Saturday night on its official website that it will be closing its beach approaches starting Sunday at 6:00 a.m. as an anti-coronavirus measure.

The city lacks jurisdiction over the beach itself, it explained on its Facebook page, but it has some control over access due to its control of the Bolstad, Sid Snyder, and Third Street South approaches. It is not immediately clear what will happen at the beach approaches outside the city limits. The city said it has been in contact with Pacific County regarding that matter.

The city said on Facebook that it was taking the action "due to observed lack of social distancing." The move comes at a time when many peninsula residents are apprehensive about tourists from the Seattle area, which has been hard hit by the coronavirus.

Aaron Mead is a sports writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact him at 360-642-8181 or aaroncmead@gmail.com.

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