There were many restrictions in place in order to keep everybody safe. The beaches were only open from 6 a.m. to noon, seven days a week, and only physical activity was allowed. Towels, blankets, coolers, umbrellas, grills, sunbathing, and chairs were not allowed and social distancing restrictions were applied. Deputies patrolled the beach to enforce the rules set in place.
Starting May 4th, St. Johns County officials made the decision to completely reopen the beaches, withdrawing most of the previous restrictions. The only restrictions that are still in place is on-beach driving and social distancing restrictions. Beach hours were returned to normal and people are allowed to bring coolers, towels, and chairs like normal. On May 11th the restrictions for on-beach driving were lifted as well. The normal fees will be enforced. All annual passes purchased before the restriction was put in place will be extended through the 2021 beach season.