As of Monday, Public Health has identified 100,772 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 3,326 deaths. According to county health officials, nearly half of bars and 33 percent of the restaurants inspected over the weekend were not following social distancing rules and employees were not wearing masks or face shields at 54 percent of the bars and 44 percent of the restaurants.
This move comes as COVID-19 cases in LA-and all around the country-are growing to numbers we never saw prior to shutting down the country a few months back.
As of 11 a.m., Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health has reported 152,434 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 6,093 from Monday's update. Fireworks will also be prohibited; The sheriff's department warned of $1,000 fines for trespassing.
"Closing the beaches and prohibiting fireworks displays during this important summer holiday weekend was an incredibly hard decision to make, but it's the responsible decision to protect public health and protect our residents from a deadly virus", said Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County director of Public Health.
The LA County Department of Public Health issued a new public health order, including a prohibition on fireworks displays, which will legally require the beach closures. "The Fourth of July holiday weekend typically means large crowds and gatherings to celebrate, a recipe for increased transmission of COVID-19", said Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health.
Los Angeles police officers patrol Venice Beach during the coronavirus outbreak in Los Angeles on May 13, 2020.
Newsom's remarks came a day after he mandated bars close in seven counties.
County health officials added that if steps are not taken to improve hospital capacity, L.A. County will likely run out of beds in the next two weeks and ICU beds next week.
Los Angeles remains the county with the most cases and hospitalizations in all of California. L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said his department wasn't consulted on that order and they will only enforce parking lots and traffic on the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). "In regards to enforcing the beach closure, we will not be enforcing it because we are 'Care First, Jail Last'".