BEACH CLOSURE LIST: LA County, Ventura County, Laguna Closed for July 4 Weekend After Surge in COVID-19 Cases

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By KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

The LA County Board of Supervisors announced Monday that Los Angeles County beaches will be closed over the Fourth of July weekend, according to a Facebook post from the Los Hills Sheriff's Station online.

Supervisor Janice Hahn told KNX 1070 News Monday afternoon that the LA County Board of Supervisors have decided to close all of the LA County beaches for the July 4th weekend.

The city council voted Tuesday evening to close Laguna beaches on July 4th, with the option to extend to July 5th, Laguna Beach Police Department Sgt. Jim Cota told KTLA. Additionally, Ventura County beaches will be closed for the 4th of July weekend in response to surging COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, county health officials said Tuesday.

According to the Lost Hills Station Facebook page on Monday "Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors announced the closure of our beaches, piers, beach bike paths, and beach access points beginning 7/3/2020 through 7/6/2020. The Malibu/Lost Hills Station Beach Team will be patrolling the beaches throughout the weekend and late into the evening. This new order makes it illegal to trespass at these locations and is punishable by law to include, but not limited to, a $1000 fine."

"If you're not going to stay at home and you are not going to wear masks in public, we have to enforce and we will and we will be making announcements on enforcement tomorrow," Newsom said adding the spread in indoor facilities is much more probable than in outdoor settings.

Newsom said a particular concern in the state is family gatherings ahead of the July 4th weekend. He said COVID-19 hospitalizations have jumped by 43 percent in the last two weeks and the number of people in is up 37 percent.

He said in the last 24 hours there have been 6,367 individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19 adding the state has seen an increase of total positive cases over the last two weeks.

"In particular, the concern is the number of hospitalizations and the number of ICU patients in this state," Newsom said adding the number of hospitalizations increased by 6.3 percent yesterday and the number of ICU patients increased 4.3 percent.