Los Angeles County will close its beaches on Friday and ban fireworks on the eve of the Fourth of July holiday, which health officials say is necessary in light of the alarming surge in coronavirus cases.
Although it was a “difficult decision,” the closure is crucial because so many people are going to celebrate the “recipe for increasing COVID-19 transmission,” said Barbara Ferrer, County Director of Public Health.
“We all need to take this virus more seriously, and residents and business owners must contribute,” Ferrer said. – Physical distance is optional, wearing a face is optional, spending time only with those with whom you live. are not mandatory – these are the requirements in the order of the medical professional and the tools that we must protect each other, our families and those who are most vulnerable in our communities. “
All public beaches, piers, public parking on beaches, paths for beach bikes “crossing this polished part of the beach” and access points to the beach will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. The ban on fireworks applies only to the weekend of the fourth of July. Ferrer said a new order from the health officer would be issued Monday night.
“I know how we look forward to this time of year,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at a Monday night briefing. “But not this year.” This year we must think about saving lives in order to protect what we have in this country … and to ensure that our economy does not take more steps back. ”
Garcetti said that at the current pace of distribution, Los Angeles will return to the numbers reached at the height of the pandemic in about a week. Over the next week, the incidence rate in the district will increase: from one out of every 140 people infected with the infection to one out of every 70 people. At the same time, hospital capacity is decreasing.
Garcetti also said that there is a “hard break” in opening any additional ventures, including concert halls, theme parks, movie theaters and bars.
On Sunday, Governor Gavin Newsome ordered seven counties, including Los Angeles, close all bars immediately and night clubs that are open
“Across the country, it was clear that these were big threats to public health,” Garcetti said of the bars. – These are already dangerous groups. This is a regular space where distribution takes place. It seemed clear what was coming. ”
The closure of the beach does not apply to Long Beach, which has its own health department.
“Due to the growing number of cases # COVID19, all @CountyofLA beaches will be temporarily closed again this weekend, July 3-6. We had almost 3,000 registered cases only today, ”said Janice Khan, the county’s chief executive on Twitter. “We cannot risk having crowds on the beach this holiday weekend.”
On Monday, 22 additional coronavirus deaths and 2,903 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Los Angeles County. This is the largest number of new infections reported in the county since the United States pandemic.
Daily counts bring the total number of cases of coronavirus in the Los Angeles County to more than 100,000 people.
Ferrer said earlier on Monday that an alarming surge in business is not only the result of extensive testing, but also evidence that community transmission has finally increased.