Galveston will reopen public beaches for workouts

In this file phone, a family who normally meet at the beaches in Galveston and Port Aransas met on South Padre Island to continue their family Spring Break tradition.

The Galveston City Council voted Thursday to reopen its beaches for specific uses, the Houston Chronicle reports. Exercise, surfing, swimming and fishing will be allowed from 6 to 9 a.m. beginning Monday.

Outside of those hours, the use of the beach is still prohibited. Violators face a $500 fine. Vehicle traffic, picnics and setting up chairs or tents is banned.

Officials are still asking visitors to maintain social distancing while on the beaches. Many cities in the area are still under stay-at-home orders and are prohibiting nonessential travel.