Crowds Pack Beaches for Memorial Day Weekend – NBC 7 San Diego
San Diego beaches kicked off on Saturday, as locals and visitors gathered for Memorial Day weekend. It was a very different scene from last year, when more pandemic-related restrictions were in place. Memorial Day weekend 2020, the beaches were only open for walking and running.
“Last year we definitely stayed home because it was in the middle of the pandemic,” said Louise Toralba, who was from San Francisco.
“Nothing was happening. We stayed at home, ”said Joe Mendoza, who was walking the Mission Beach boardwalk with his family.
“We had a barbecue and stayed indoors so it’s nice to be on the go for sure,” said Joanna Leif, visiting from Gilbert, AZ.
Beach goers said they were excited to spend the beach vacation weekend – despite the rainy, gray weather in May.
“It was a little cold. It was freezing,” said a group of children who went swimming in the ocean.
The San Diego Police Department said it has increased patrols for the busy holiday weekend.
Officers and lifeguards traded their pandemic warnings from last year for beach safety recalls, like; no glass containers, no drinking or smoking on the beach.
Business owners and employees said they were relieved to serve customers again, after missing deals for the past year and a half. Erez Atava, owner of Zozo’s Pizza, told NBC 7 that Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest days of the year and that he hopes to see a big increase in sales.
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“It will be great for us to put it together and start paying all the bills and getting some oxygen for the future,” Atava said.
Beachgoers said they were happy to support local businesses and were excited to be on the way out of the pandemic.
“It’s so nice to see people like enjoying life again, coming back to life, slowly,” Toralba said.
The San Diego Tourism Authority also reported positive numbers at hotels and attractions that have already seen an increase in activity as of Thursday.