SAN FRANCISCO — The federal government will be shuttering beaches in California as early as Saturday, forcing thousands of beachgoers and visitors to return home for the week.
The National Park Service and state parks are also closing beaches for the weekend, but the agency said Monday that all beaches in the state will remain open for visitors and businesses until the end of the week, starting Saturday morning.
The state parks will remain closed until Friday.
Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation Monday that says the state’s beaches are closed from the start of May to Friday, except for public holidays, on Saturday and Sunday.
The proclamation also says the park service will be responsible for all public transportation, including public bus routes.
State parks will close for the first time since April 1, when the National Park system reopened.
State beaches, which are open to visitors for six weeks a year, were shut down by the federal government as part of a new National Park Management Act that has been criticized by some residents and conservationists as an overreach by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The parks say that in order to ensure that residents and businesses can access their waters, they will be working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to establish a pilot program that will allow businesses to bring their watercraft into designated areas.