MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. – For the last two and a half months, businesses like Chris Brown’s CampSurf, which provides surfing lessons and surf camps in the South Bay, have been beached by COVID-19 restrictions in L.A. County.
What You Need To Know
- Summer-use license permits suspended impacting surf camp businesses
- Suspension is causing CampSurf to go into $25K in debt
- Summer-use license permits in L.A. County could be reinstated with new guidelines
- COVID-19 restrictions have impacted many small businesses
“It’s been extremely frustrating. We have lots of parents reaching out to us and wanting to bring their kids out just for private surf lessons and that type of stuff. But for the time being we’re still shut down,” Brown said.
The small business has been struggling to stay afloat as other storefront businesses in L.A. County have been able to begin reopening. Brown reached out to the county to have his summer-use license and permit reinstated. He received a letter back from county officials that stated they are asking for patience as they wait for state orders and guidelines before summer-use license permits can be reinstated.
“We did get a notice last week that was positive and I think we are heading in the right direction. But they asked us for patience and it’s just been extremely tough to give them that patience, when every day, that we are out of business we go further into debt,” Brown said.
Since the closure and suspension of the beach permits, Brown said, CampSurf has already accrued over $25,000 in debt.
Spectrum News 1 reached out to L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn’s office to see if these permits would be reinstated by this summer.
They responded with the following statement, “The state order currently prohibits youth camps. We are hopeful that the state will issue guidance soon on how camps can re-open this month.”
It is a new guideline and timeline that Brown hopes will come sooner rather than later.
“We’ve just been holding out, trying to hope that the government and the county gives us the green light,” Brown said.
COVID-19 restrictions have impacted many small businesses like CampSurf, but Brown said he remains hopeful that by sometime this summer, he will be able to get back in the water and teach a sport that he loves.