Los Angeles County beaches to close for July 4th weekend as coronavirus cases skyrocket


FILE – In this June 27, 2020, file photo, a lifeguard keeps watch over a packed beach in Huntington Beach, Calif. 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 dangerous crowding that results in the spread of deadly COVID-19. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) – Fourth of July revelers have been advised to stay away from Los Angeles County beaches as coronavirus cases skyrocket.

The temporary closures affects all beaches, piers, parking lots, beach bike paths, and beach access points beginning on Friday at 12:01 a.m., and lasting through 5 a.m. on Monday, L.A. County officials announced.

Fireworks displays are also off-limits over the weekend in an effort to prevent gathering.

Gov. Gavin Newsom says he’s prepared to impose targeted shutdowns of counties or businesses. Newsom’s remarks came a day after he mandated bars close in seven counties.

The county Sheriff’s Department said it would enforce parking closures and help with traffic along Pacific Coast Highway within its jurisdiction. But deputies won’t be keeping people off beaches or enforcing social distancing.

“As we have done since the beginning of the pandemic, we will continue seeking voluntary compliance and educating the public,” Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said in an email.

L.A. County reached a concerning milestone on Monday with another 2,903 coronavirus cases, the highest ever reported in the county, and 22 new deaths. There are now 100,772 confirmed coronavirus cases across the county.

“We had almost 3,000 reported cases just today. We cannot risk having crowds at the beach this holiday weekend,” Hahn said on Twitter.

The new order makes it illegal to trespass at these beach locations and is punishable by law to include, but not limited to a $1,000 fine, officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lost Hills station said.

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