WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- With a record-breaking single-day spike of 2,903 cases, L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer orders closure of beaches and ban fireworks display to lessen venues for the spread of the virus.
- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says the high rate of infection calls for a hard pause in re-opening businesses.
- All public beaches, piers, public beach parking lots, beach bike paths “that traverse that sanded portion of the beach” and beach access points will be closed and fireworks display ban imposed for the 4th of July weekend starting Friday until Sunday.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn said in a tweet, “Due to rising #COVID19 cases all @CountyofLA beaches will be closing again temporarily this weekend, July 3rd through 6th. We had almost 3,000 reported cases just today. We cannot risk having crowds at the beach this holiday weekend.”
The exact number was 2,903 new coronavirus cases and 22 coronavirus-related deaths. Since the pandemic hit the US, this is the largest single-day number of new covid-19 cases that L.A. County has recorded. This brings the total of coronavirus cases of L.A. County to 100,000.
In a statement, county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said that closing the beaches and banning fireworks displays was a “difficult decision to make,” but the closures are crucial because so many people gather to celebrate, and this is “a recipe for increased transmission of COVID-19.”
Ferrer said, “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.”
Ferrer added that the alarming spike in cases is not just the result of increased testing, but instead is proof that community transmission has definitely increased. She also said that a new health officer order will be issued later.
The closure covers all public beaches, piers, public beach parking lots, beach bike paths “that traverse that sanded portion of the beach” and beach access points will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. The ban on fireworks displays applies only to the Fourth of July weekend.
Source: LA Times