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The number of people traveling is expected to be way up this Memorial Day as a public under lockdown for the last 15 months hits the roads, the rails and the skies.
Malibu is preparing for a holiday weekend that AAA Travel says could see more than 37 million people travel 50 miles or more from home today through Monday — an increase of 60 percent from last year — by coordinating with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, California State Parks, Mountains and Recreation & Conservation Authority and the California Highway Patrol to make life bearable for residents in the face of holiday and seasonal crowds.
“Let’s all help keep Malibu safe during the holiday weekend and all summer long,” said Mayor Paul Grisanti in a statement. “The city asks all visitors to the Malibu area, particularly on the beaches, trails and PCH, to be mindful of respecting our community’s peace, safety and environment: please properly throw away all trash; do not engage in dangerous or excessively loud driving behavior on PCH and canyon roads; please watch for pedestrians crossing PCH to access the beaches, cyclists, and drivers pulling in and out of beach parking.”
Grisanti urges everyone to “adhere to the city’s ordinance requiring facemasks to be worn while in public.”
In addition to masks, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is sticking with state guidelines of physical distancing and other COVID-19 safety protocols.
While crowds could be bigger than Memorial Day 2020, when only 23 million traveled — the lowest on record since AAA began recording in 2000 — travel demand is expected to be down 13 percent from 2019.
Still, according to the Auto Club, the majority of travelers will be doing it by car.
The National Weather Service is forecasting daytime highs from the low 60s Friday to low 70s on Memorial Day, meaning beaches in Malibu, which all fall under county or state jurisdiction, will be the place to go for many.
In anticipation of increased beach goers amid easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the Sheriff’s Department Beach Team, which typically is in force Memorial Day to Labor Day, got an early start, at the city’s direction working weekends since May 1.
By addressing alcohol consumption on the beaches, officials say drunken driving on PCH and canyon roads on busy beach days drops.
Malibu residents can request help from the CHP with street racing by calling 323-259-3200. Report drunk drivers by calling 9-1-1.
To stay up to date with all city emergency and traffic alerts at, go to the Alert Center at malibucity.org/news.