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|(July 2, 2020, 5:55 a.m.) -- Seal Beach, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach will close their beaches on July 4th (with discretion to extend the closures from July 3 through July 5th.) On June 29, L.A. County and the City of Long Beach anounced July 3-July 5 closure of their beaches, piers and associated areas (details below.)
The Seal Beach PD says on its Facebook page: "Due to the dangers of the Coronavirus and to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the Seal Beach City Council has decided to close the following locations beginning at the below listed times: Effective Friday, July 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm, all beach parking lots (1st Street, 8th Street, and 10th Street) will be closed. Effective Friday, July 3, 2020 at 10:00 pm, all Seal Beach beaches, the Pier, pier restrooms, tot lot playground, volleyball courts, and other beach amenities will also be closed. These areas are scheduled to reopen on Sunday, July 5, 2020 at sunrise. However, if it is believed the reopening will be detrimental to the health of the community, the City may elect to keep these areas closed until further notice."
However, Seal Beach said the San Gabriel River bike trail will remain open, as will Seal Beach city parks and green belts
The Huntington Beach closure affects its main beach, Huntington Harbor beach, Huntington Beach pier and Sunset Beach. It was approved in a
Laguna Beach said earlier in the week tha it would be closing its beaches for July 4th and posibly July 5th. .
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The nearby OC cities' actions follow a June 29 announcement by Los Angeles County and the City of Long Beach closing their respective beaches, piers and parking lots, beach access ways, bathrooms and beach bike and pedestrian paths. The LB beach closure runs from July 3 at 12:01 a.m. through July 5 at 5 a.m..
"Due to the recent sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and the positivity rate in both Long Beach and Los Angeles County, and because beaches typically attract large gatherings, Long Beach beaches will close temporarily for both passive and active use' a City of LB release said.
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