Los Angeles (CBSLA) – The beaches of Los Angeles County will be immediately closed to prevent overcrowding in the event of a coronavirus outbreak.
The temporary closure was ordered on Friday, according to Los Angeles County Inspector Janice Khan, after an order to close the county beach earlier this week. The closure applies to all beaches in Los Angeles County, resorts, piers, promenades and beach bike paths.
#BREAKING: By order of @health, all beaches in the province will be temporarily closed.
The crowd we saw last weekend was unacceptable and we’re making this decision to save lives. More information is available at https://t.co/QT7kvrIEIC pic.twitter.com/VcM3tXn .
– Janis Khan (@SupJaniceHahn) 27. March 2020.
We can’t spend another weekend with so many people so close together, Hahn said. The virus is transmitted from person to person, young, old, healthy, unhealthy.
Last weekend, after the first week at home, people flocked to California’s hiking trails and local beaches, creating a stampede that forced city and county officials to close parking lots and other facilities. The recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stipulate that during an epidemic people should be at least one meter away from other people.
Khan said Los Angeles County mayors have asked the district to close their beaches to avoid crowds.
Beach and port staff will monitor the coastline in coordination with lifeguards and officials from other resorts such as Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Malibu, South Bay and state officials, according to Gary Jones, director of LA County Beaches and Harbors. The district will also work with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and local law enforcement to ensure the order is enforced, he said.
When they open, people gather on the bike paths, on the beach, on the esplanade, and it just continues to spread the virus, she said. Until we see fewer reports, this situation will remain very dangerous.