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LA County Closes Beaches Due to Coronavirus and Crowds

Mar 27, 2020 11:38AM ● By Liz Spear

Manhattan Beach is one of the Los Angeles County beaches being temporarily closed to the public to thwart the spread of the deadly COVID-19.

All beaches in Los Angeles County are being closed in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, says Supervisor Janice Hahn, who made her announcement just hours before an official announcement is expected.

“The crowds we saw at our beaches last weekend were unacceptable,” said Supervisor Hahn. “In order to save lives, beaches in LA County will be temporarily closed. I understand that this is a huge sacrifice for everyone who enjoys going to our beaches. But we cannot risk another sunny weekend with crowds at the beach spreading this virus. This closure is temporary and we can always reopen these beaches when it is safe to do so.”

The public health order, signed today by LA County Public Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis, is effective immediately and applies to all LA County beaches, beach bathrooms, piers, promenades, and beach bike paths. In addition, the public health order incorporates previously announced closures of public trails. 

Beaches in LA County were fairly packed last weekend as cooped-up California residents and others flocked to catch some sun, surf, and fresh air. The State's residents and visitors have been under order by Gov. Gavin Newsom to stay home and only venture out for essential trips to stores, gas stations, banks, and other businesses deemed "essential." Concern has grown as people have headed out to popular recreation spots, causing a lack of the six feet of physical distancing being called for.

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