LA County beaches will be closed on 4th of July weekend, officials announce


Los Angeles County beaches will be closed to the public over the Fourth of July weekend in an effort to prevent large gatherings that could lead to the spread of the coronavirus, county officials announced Monday.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors announced the closure of beaches, piers, beach bike paths, and beach access points beginning 7/3/2020 through 7/6/2020.

"Due to rising COVID-19 cases all (county) beaches will be closing again temporarily this weekend, July 3rd through 6th," County Supervisor Janice Hahn wrote on her Twitter page.

"We had almost 3,000 reported cases just today. We cannot risk having crowds at the beach this holiday weekend,"  Hahn wrote.

The county sheriff's department's Los Hills Station announced on social media that all beaches, piers, beach bike paths and beach access points will be closed Friday through Monday.

"This new order makes it illegal to trespass at these locations and is punishable by law to include, but not limited to, a $1,000 fine," according to the sheriff's station.

Fireworks displays will also be banned over the holiday weekend.

The county health order also closes all beach parking lots.

Officials urge to please follow the LA County health mandates.

Officials with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported  2,903 new cases and  22 additional deaths, bringing the county's totals to 100,722 cases and 3,326 deaths.

County Public Health Director, Dr. Barbara Ferrer, like many health professionals across the nation, expressed her concern over the rise in COVID-19 cases the county has seen in recent days.

She said the increases were indicative of increased community spread of the virus, likely the result of more people being out of their homes as sectors of the economy reopened, such as restaurants and shopping malls.

“I think one of the reasons why we have an increase in the number of cases is we have a lot more people going back to work and a lot of people taking advantage of the fact that a lot of our sectors have reopened," Ferrer said during a Thursday morning interview on Good Day LA.

Ferrer said that there are ways each individual person can help slow the spread of the virus, such as wearing a face-covering when you're around other people, avoiding crowds and washing your hands frequently to prevent passing along the infection or getting infected yourself.

“We all need to remember that we do get to play a role in preventing there from being spikes and infections… The truth of the matter is, this is actually a virus where we can do a lot to prevent the transmission of ourselves, as individual people and businesses can do a lot,” she said.

Over the weekend, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered bars to close in Los Angeles County and several additional counties due to the rising spread of COVID-19.... (Read more)

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