Los Angeles County to close all public beaches immediately
by David Mendez
Supervisor Janice Hahn announced that Los Angeles County will immediately close all beaches to the public, “to stem the spread of COVID-19 among the greater Los Angeles community.” An official announcement will be made this afternoon.
“The crowds we saw at our beaches last weekend were unacceptable,” Hahn said in a statement. “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 health order, signed today by LA County Health Officer Muntu Davis, states that all beaches, piers, public beach parking lots, beach bike paths and beach access points within LA County jurisdiction will be temporarily closed.
Beaches in Torrance, Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach are under LA County jurisdiction. The City of Hermosa Beach announced on Wednesday that its municipally-owned beach would be closed by Saturday.
No end date is specified within the order.
This story will be updated.