While some beaches around the U.S. are opening back up, Virginia beaches never closed. Visitors and locals have been told that beaches are only to be used for exercise and to practice social distancing. Patrols on Virginia Beach will be limited starting in May because many lifeguards in training haven't been able to complete their certification courses.\nPer WHSV 3, Virginia Beach EMS Deputy Chief Joey Hundley confirmed Thursday, "Patrols in Virginia Beach will be reduced and guards will not be entering watch stands next month due to staffing challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic."\nAs reported by the Virginia Department of Health, Virginia currently has reported 8,990 coronavirus cases and 300 deaths.\nThe state has been in a state of emergency since Thursday, March 12 and has had a shelter-in-place order since Monday, March 30.\nThe beaches continued to stay open as they're considered an essential location for exercise and outdoor leisure activities such as fishing.\nView this post on Instagram Nothing says beach vacation more than it being 40 out and also its the middle of February. A post shared by Dingus Walters (@riceyhot) on Feb 29, 2020 at 11:53am PST\nLifeguard patrols have been active on the beaches to make sure beachgoers are following the state's social distancing guidelines.\nCome May, there will be fewer patrols, including during Memorial Day weekend.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Bo (@bo_amato) on Feb 29, 2020 at 10:14am PST\nSome lifeguards that were working to complete their certifications haven't been able to complete the program due to the pandemic. There haven't been any updates as to when the courses will be rescheduled.*\nHundley also told WHSV3, "the Emergency Management Service is working with the parks and recreation department to open up some pools for guards to complete their pre-employment screenings and training before then."\nView this post on Instagram Throwing it back to 80 degree weather... who else is sick of being inside besides me! A post shared by Tory Harrington (@tory_harrington) on Mar 28, 2020 at 9:42am PDT\nThe lifeguard patrol staff is said to not be completely full until at least Sunday, June 10.\nWith fewer lifeguards on duty, officials can only hope that locals continue to be responsible with no one watching over them as diligently.\n*This article has been updated.