Los Angeles closes beaches for Independence Day weekend as coronavirus cases spike
Californians looking to spend the Fourth of July on the beaches in Los Angeles County are going to have to find new plans for the holiday weekend.
Los Angeles County officials announced on Monday that the county’s beaches will be closed from Friday until the morning of July 6 because of the uptick in coronavirus cases in the state. The county also barred fireworks displays on Independence Day.
“Closing the beaches and prohibiting fireworks displays during this important summer holiday weekend was an incredibly difficult decision to make, but it’s the responsible decision to protect public health and protect our residents from a deadly virus. 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, the county’s director of public health.
“We all need to take this virus more seriously and residents and business owners must do their part. Physical distancing isn’t optional, wearing a face covering isn’t optional, spending time only with those you live with isn’t optional — these are requirements in the Health Officer Order and are the tools we have to protect each other, our families and those most vulnerable in our communities,” she added.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Sunday that bars in seven counties were required to close their doors again, less than a month after being allowed to reopen. The uptick in coronavirus cases has hit several states, including Florida.
The Florida cities of Miami and Fort Lauderdale both announced that beaches would be closed over Independence Day weekend as well.
“As we continue to see more COVID-19 positive test results among young adults and rising hospitalizations, I have decided that the only prudent thing to do to tamp down this recent uptick is to crack down on recreational activities that put our overall community at higher risk,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.