That beach outing you were planning over the July 4th weekend just got kiboshed. On Monday afternoon, officials announced that all L.A. County beaches, piers, beach bike paths, and beach access points will be closed and patrolled by the sheriff’s officers from Friday, July 3 through Monday, July 6.
Today, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors announced the closure of our beaches, piers, beach bike paths, and beach access points beginning 7/3/2020 through 7/6/2020. The LHS Beach Team will be patrolling the beaches throughout the weekend…https://t.co/N2Mb1ETR2A pic.twitter.com/251bXVSuTP
— LASD Lost Hills Stn. (@LHSLASD) June 29, 2020
The move comes as the number of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continues to alarm public health and elected officials. As of today, L.A. County has surpassed 100,000 COVID-19 cases, and statistics show that the transmission rate is continuing to rise. Experts suspect that the transmission rates began to increase in the wake of Memorial Day weekend.
In a tweet, L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn explained, “We had almost 3,000 reported cases just today. We cannot risk having crowds at the beach this holiday weekend.”
Social gatherings where social distancing guidelines aren’t heeded have continued to put a dent in the pandemic recovery process. Just yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered that bars close in several California counties, including Los Angeles. Most July 4 festivities, including the fireworks displays in Santa Monica and Grand Park, had long been canceled or gone virtual this year.
According to he L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, trespassing on the beach during the temporary closure could result in a fine of up to $1,000.