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Santa Monica Pier Reopens After Being Shuttered For Months

SANTA MONICA (CBSLA) – After being closed since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the most famous attractions in California is finally reopening.

Santa Monica Pier
An aerial view of the shuttered Santa Monica Pier on Santa Monica Beach before sunset, on the day Los Angeles County reopened its beaches which had been closed due the coronavirus pandemic, on May 13, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. While people are allowed to visit Santa Monica Beach, the pier and its amusement park remain closed. People may visit LA County beaches if they maintain social distancing, wear a face covering, and don't lie down or sit on the beach in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The city announced Wednesday that the Santa Monica Pier will reopen daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., albeit with several limitations.

A limited number of people will be allowed on the pier at one time, the city said. When it reaches capacity, visitors will have to cue up and wait their turn to get in.

All amusement rides at Pacific Park, including the Ferris Wheel and the merry-go-round, will remain closed. A limited number of restaurants and shops will be open.

Furthermore, the pier's parking lots will remain closed. And the pier bridge at Ocean and Colorado avenues will also be closed to both cars and pedestrians. Visitors will have to access the pier using the ramps from Ocean Front Walk on the beach level.

All visitors, of course, must wear a mask.

Pets will still be allowed on the pier, but must be on a leash.

The pier has been closed since March 16, when the city issued an executive order to shutter it.

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