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

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

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

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Monday that he refuses to enforce a directive to close beaches for July 4th weekend.

The county's public health department said in a statement that beaches will be off limits to the public from July 3 through July 6 at 5 a.m.to prevent the transmission of "deadly COVID-19", the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

Barbara Ferrer, the county's director of public health, said in a statement that closing the beaches and prohibiting fireworks displays during such an "important" summer holiday was an "incredibly hard decision to make".

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced the order on Monday which will close the beaches for all recreational activities - as well as prohibit fireworks displays to deter large crowds.

"We all need to take this virus more seriously and residents and business owners must do their part", continued Ferrer. According to county health officials, nearly half of bars and 33 percent of the restaurants inspected over the weekend were not following social distancing rules and employees were not wearing masks or face shields at 54 percent of the bars and 44 percent of the restaurants.

Villanueva told Melugin: "We were not consulted on the beach closure, and will only assist our beach cities in closing parking lots and traffic enforcement on PCH".

The memo noted that the same day, the county had seen "more than 2,900 new cases of COVID-19, the largest one-day case count since the pandemic began". There are 1,710 people now hospitalized, more than the 1,350 to 1,450 daily hospitalizations seen in recent weeks.

The move comes as the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continues to alarm public health and elected officials. California has a total of almost 217,000 cases and around 6,000 deaths.

Beaches will be closed from July 3 to July 6 at 5 a.m.

"The alarming increases in cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations signals that we, as a community, need to take immediate action to slow the spread of COVID-19", Ferrer said. "Our actions to slow the spread can not wait - we need to do these actions now and for the weeks ahead in order to prevent even more serious illness and death".

"COVID-19 is still circulating in California, and in some parts of the state, growing stronger", he said in a statement.

Over 1 million people have been tested for COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, with 9 percent of people testing positive. Additionally, inspectors found that workers at 54 percent of bars and 44 percent of restaurants were not wearing face masks or shields.