LA County Orders Closures of Beaches During 4th of July Weekend

01 Juillet, 2020, 05:06 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • L.A. County beaches will close Fourth of July weekend after coronavirus spike

The health department says key metrics show steep increases in community spread.

The news came as LA county reported more than 2,900 additional cases of the CCP virus on Monday, marking "the single largest one-day case count since the pandemic began", the department said.

For that same reason, the department is also prohibiting fireworks displays in the County this July 4th holiday weekend. Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn confirmed later that day that all county beaches were to be closed Friday through Monday. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is ordering L.A. County beaches closed from July 3 through July 6 at 5:00 a.m.to prevent unsafe crowding that results in the spread of deadly COVID-19.

The order will include "all public beaches, piers, public beach parking lots, beach bike paths that traverse that sanded portion of the beach, and beach access points".

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Data show increases in people testing positive for the virus and increases in hospitalizations as a result. "The Fourth of July holiday weekend typically means large crowds and gatherings to celebrate, a recipe for increased transmission of COVID-19", said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health.

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In a statement on Sunday, Newsom said seven counties must close their bars.

It was not immediately clear whether Long Beach would also close its beaches. Across the state, infections have increased by 45 percent over the past 14 days, and hospitalizations have grown by 43 percent, bringing totals to 216,550 cases and 4,776 hospitalizations, with another 1,403 hospitalizations suspected due to COVID-19. "That's why it is critical we take this step". "In regards to enforcing the beach closure, we will not be enforcing it because we are 'Care First, Jail Last'".

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