Citing concerns about the coronavirus, Ventura County closes beaches for the July 4 weekend

Ventura County’s beaches will be closed for the July 4 weekend in response to rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, county health officials said Tuesday.

The beaches, their parking lots, and restrooms will close Friday through Monday to discourage meetings that could lead to the spread of the new coronavirus, public health officials said in a press release.

“Visiting family and friends still carries the risk of spreading COVID-19,” said Director of Public Health Rigo Vargas. “We know that people are eager to get out, but we must remind them of the importance of being safe and protecting themselves and others. Please just meet the people you live with. Your actions can help save lives. ”

The announcement comes a day after the county said it would allow certain breweries, breweries, bars, wineries and distilleries to remain open if they complied with state safety guidelines.

According to a Monday press release, businesses that were reportedly subject to Governor Gavin Newsom’s order to close bars and nightclubs, those that serve alcoholic beverages without serving food at the same time, never reopened in the county.

“Be very careful as COVID-19 still prevails in our county,” said public health officer Robert Levin. “You are much more likely to meet someone who has no symptoms but is positive if you meet with others.”

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