Include Doubles Beach Volleyball on the list of Approved activities in California Beaches

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During these troubling and turbulent times, and as we begin to get back to our lives - It is extremely important to our California residents’ well being to be able to engage in healthy exercise and activity - such as beach volleyball.  In an effort to improve both our physical and mental health, we urge you to consider updating the list of permitted outdoor recreational activities to include organized sand/ beach volleyball at our beaches, facilities and parks. 

Similar to tennis, outdoor volleyball is a non-contact sport and can be played with doubles teams. This means there are only two people on each side of the net with plenty of space to spread out. The only shared equipment between players is the ball. 

We are confident that we can maintain a safe and healthy environment by establishing guidelines that include no more than 4 players on the court at a time and requiring social distancing on and off the court. The ball can be sanitized or switched out regularly. Hand sanitizer can be available for use before and after playing. Courts can be kept at a significant distance from each other to prevent players from congregating. 

Beach Volleyball is a staple in California Culture, is played at beaches and parks across the state and is an integral part of our player’s physical and mental health. We are certain this can be accomplished safely, so we urge you to include outdoor doubles volleyball in the list of permitted recreational activities effective immediately.