LA County Beaches Will Be Closed Over 4th of July Weekend


The new cases lifted the countywide total to 103,850.

The Washington State Department of Health on Tuesday reported 611 new cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths. In total, more than 100 00 0 cases have were identified in Los Angeles County. The region's outbreak has reached new highs this week, and officials worry about hospital bed capacity in the weeks to come.

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Governor Gavin Newsom says more reopening rollbacks are coming in the wake of the surge in coronavirus cases in California, and the holiday weekend coming. "Otherwise, we are quickly moving toward overwhelming our healthcare system and seeing even more devastating illness and death", said Director of Public Health Barbara 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. There are 1,889 people now hospitalized, 27 percent of these people are in the ICU and 18 percent are on ventilators.

California Governor Suspends Indoor Dining At Los Angeles Restaurants Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Ahead of the July 4 holiday, the state is also encouraging counties on the state watch list to cancel all fireworks shows. Bars in Los Angeles county were ordered to close last weekend, barely a week after re-opening.

The stretches of coastline, which are all operated by the county, add to a growing list of city beaches that will close for the holiday in an effort to keep crowds from congregating on the sand and potentially spreading COVID-19.

The order also states that businesses violating the order could receive stiffer penalties of up to $500, although it does allow restaurants and stores within beach parks to remain open.

In a tweet, L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn explained, "We had nearly 3,000 reported cases just today".

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn confirmed later that day that all county beaches were to be closed Friday through Monday.