Beaches To Close; Santa Monica Extends Local Emergency To July 31

Nicole Charky

SANTA MONICA, CA — Beaches are closed for the July 4 holiday as Santa Monica city officials announced late Monday to extend the city's local emergency to July 31.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Monday announced more than 2,900 new cases of COVID-19, the single largest one-day case count since the pandemic began.

The county has issued a modified health order closing LA County beaches and beach facilities to the public for the July 4 holiday weekend to stop gatherings or crowds that may spread COVID-19.

All beaches, beach parking lots, beach bike paths, beach facilities and beach accessways will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3, until 5 a.m. Monday, July 6.

"In Santa Monica, this means the beaches will be completely closed to all recreational activities, the Santa Monica Pier will be closed, and Santa Monica’s portion of the beach bike path and all beach parking lots will also be closed," according to a city news release.

“With a sharp rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases, public health authorities are encouraging residents across LA County to stay at home as much as possible during the Fourth of July holiday weekend,” Interim City Manager and Director of Emergency Services Lane Dilg said.

“Avoid confined space, crowds, and contact with others not in your household, and continue to wear a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19," Dilg said. "As hard as it can be to stay at home, it is as important as ever in this pandemic as we work together to save lives and protect the progress we’ve made."

Santa Monica residents are still required to continue distancing and wearing face coverings.

Here are some additional updates for locals to keep in mind for July:

  • Santa Monica's plastic bag ban will resume on July 1. Customers can resume bringing reusable bags when making essential trips.
  • Parking citations associated with monthly street sweeping will resume July 1, 2020. Please move your car for street sweeping next week, July 6 – 10.
  • Towing for violations of the California Vehicle Code relating to abandoned vehicles resumes as of July 1. The expiration of Santa Monica Fire Department annual permits of operation is not further extended, and they will expire as of July 1.
  • Late payment penalties for unpaid or delinquent Transient Occupancy Taxes, Utility Users Taxes, and Parking Facility Taxes resume as of July 1.

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This article originally appeared on the Santa Monica Patch