South San Francisco, Ca July 1, 2020 Press Release
The City of Half Moon Bay, recognizing that there will likely be many people descending on the coastside this 4th of July weekend, is asking potential visitors to consider the public health consequences and not visit at this time.
Half Moon Bay, CA – The City of Half Moon Bay, recognizing that there will likely be many people descending on the coastside this 4th of July weekend, is asking potential visitors to consider the public health consequences and not visit at this time.
The recent surges in COVID-19 cases in the Bay Area, throughout California, and in other states where public health regulations have been relaxed, should serve as a strong warning to those who may be considering visiting the coast this weekend. Where crowds gather, especially if many people are not complying with face covering and social distancing regulations, there is significant increased risk of exposure to, or exposing others to, the coronavirus.
“People who crowd together, particularly in numbers which violate public health orders, are putting many others at serious risk and jeopardizing the progress we’ve all made over the last several months,” said Half Moon Bay Mayor Adam Eisen. “I’m appealing to those who are thinking of visiting this weekend: please don’t. Under normal circumstances, Half Moon Bay heartily welcomes visitors – tourism is part of our identity and an important economic driver. But coming here this weekend would be reckless and unsafe for the public health. Do the right thing. Stay close to home.”
Half Moon Bay officials are expressing great concern with the potential crowds this holiday weekend, pointing to the surge of visitors on Memorial Day weekend last May. At that time, despite the obvious high risk of spreading COVID-19 in crowded situations, a great many people inundated the city and beaches, many ignoring face covering and social distancing regulations. The City is discouraging visitors at this time in order to help avoid a recurrence of that situation.
The City is also reminding everyone that all fireworks are illegal in Half Moon Bay, due to the high potential for fireworks starting fires or causing injury to adults, kids, and pets. Local Sheriff’s Deputies will be patrolling and enforcing any fireworks activity, and those possessing illegal fireworks will be subject to a citation. Half Moon Bay has a zero-tolerance policy regarding illegal fireworks.
Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 12,500 people, situated on the peninsula between forested hills and some of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer. Its historic downtown is home to numerous shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other businesses, and its celebrated beaches and parks are wonders of nature, accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. With its many activities and events, beautiful natural scenery, old-town charm, and abundance of retail and commercial services, Half Moon Bay is a regional destination. The City’s website is www.hmbcity.com.