Los Angeles County's beaches will be closed to the public on the weekend of July 4th to limit the spread of COVID-19. However, the sheriff of the county announced on Monday that his department would not enforce the closure order, according to a report.
The Los Angeles County Department of Health announced on Monday that it would close the beaches for all recreational activities and ban fireworks to prevent large crowds. L.A. County's sheriff Alex Villanueva said his department had not been consulted on this order and that it would only enforce parking and traffic on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).
"We have not been consulted on the beach closure and will only assist our beach towns in closing parking lots and monitoring traffic on PCH," Villanueva told Fox 11. "We will not enforce the beach closure enforcement because we are." are & # 39; Care First, Jail Last & # 39 ;. "
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The beaches are closed at 5 a.m. from July 3rd to 6th.
The department announced more than 2,900 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. This is "the largest single-day number since the pandemic started".
The order includes "all public beaches, pillars, public beach parking, beach bike paths that cross this sanded part of the beach, and beach access points".
Los Angeles police officers patrol on Venice Beach on May 13, 2020 during the Corona Virus outbreak in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County Department of Health orders the beaches of LA County to close at 5:00 a.m. from July 3rd to 6th to prevent dangerous overcrowding, leading to the spread of fatal COVID-19. (AP photo / Mark J. Terrill, file)
"Closing the beaches and banning fireworks on this important summer vacation weekend was an incredibly difficult decision, but it is a responsible decision to protect public health and our residents from a deadly virus," said Barbara Ferrer, director of Los Angeles County Healthcare.
Ferrer attributed the increase in coronavirus cases to the likely consequence that more people were out of business with the reopening of economic sectors – including restaurants and shopping centers, the broadcaster reported.
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Meanwhile, the Lost Hills Sheriff & # 39; s station announced on Facebook on Monday that it would be patrolling the beaches on the weekend of July 4th.
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"This new arrangement makes it illegal to enter these locations and is punishable by law including, but not limited to, a $ 1,000 fine," the department said.