Officials with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced Monday that all fireworks displays in the county would be prohibited, and that all beaches would be closed during Independence Day weekend.
— LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) June 30, 2020
From 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 6, all fireworks displays within Los Angeles County will be prohibited, and all beaches will be closed to “prevent dangerous crowding that results in the spread of deadly COVID-19.”
“Closing the beaches and prohibiting fireworks displays during this important summer holiday weekend was an incredibly difficult decision to make, but it’s the responsible decision to protect public health and protect our residents from a deadly virus,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “The Fourth of July holiday weekend typically means large crowds and gatherings to celebrate, a recipe for increased transmission of COVID-19.”
The announcement comes after officials announced Monday that more than 2,900 new cases of COVID-19 had been identified, the single largest one-day case count since the pandemic began.
“Data shows increases in people testing positive for the virus and increases in hospitalizations as a result,” a statement from the department reads. “Projections by the Department of Health Services show a marked increase in hospitalizations in the coming weeks, which could cause a surge in our healthcare system.
Monday’s updated health order does not yet apply to the city of Long Beach, which has its own health department.
As for Santa Clarita, the annual fireworks display scheduled to take place on the 4th of July is prohibited under the new order, as the City of Santa Clarita does not have its own health department, and therefore falls under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
“We all need to take this virus more seriously and residents and business owners must do their part,” Ferrer said. “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.”
A spokesperson with the City of Santa Clarita said Monday that they would be a releasing a statement with the City’s response to the new order on Tuesday morning.Do you have a news tip? Call us at (661) 298-1220, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox. Report a typo or error, email Corrections@hometownstation.com
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