Los Angeles Closes Beaches for July 4 Weekend, Reports Highest Single-Day New Coronavirus Cases

Los Angeles County has announced that beaches will be closed for the upcoming July 4 weekend, joining several South Florida counties that have done the same in an effort to curb their surging new coronavirus cases.

Public beaches, piers, public beach parking lots, beach bike paths and beach access points will close at midnight Friday and reopen Monday at 5 a.m., county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced in a statement released Tuesday.

The closure was a “difficult decision to make,” she said, but important, as the potential for large gatherings is “a recipe for increased transmission of COVID-19.”

The announcement comes one day after the county reported its highest single-day total of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began — 2,903 in 24 hours.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a statement that the beach closure could be extended “if conditions do not improve and people do not follow New Normal rules requiring masks to be worn always inside commercial establishments and outdoors when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible.”

"As we continue to see more COVID-19 positive test results among young adults and rising hospitalizations, I have decided that the only prudent thing to do to tamp down this recent uptick is to crack down on recreational activities that put our overall community at higher risk," he said.

Florida has also recently seen a huge spike in coronavirus cases. On June 27, the state had 9,585 new cases, its highest single-day total since the pandemic first took hold, according to data from The New York Times.

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