Los Angeles County has registered an alarming spike in new cases of coronavirus infection, with nearly 3,000 infections confirmed on Monday. The beaches, which had gradually reopened in recent weeks, will remain closed the weekend of July 4.
Los Angeles County, main focus of Covid-19 in California, announced on Monday June 29 that it will temporarily close its beaches next weekend, statutory holiday United States, to stem a renewed contamination.
“Due to the increase in Covid-19 cases, all beaches in Los Angeles County will be temporarily closed again this weekend, July 3-6”, a county official, Janice Hahn, wrote on Twitter.
“We have had almost 3,000 cases today alone. We can’t risk having crowds at the beach during this holiday weekend. ”, which coincides with July 4, American National Day, she adds.
The county recorded more than 2,900 new infections on Monday, a record since the start of the pandemic in the United States. In total, more than 100,000 cases have been identified in Los Angeles County.
Wearing the mask little respected
The beaches had been closed for weeks at the height of the epidemic but had gradually reopened in recent weeks.
The wearing of masks, although compulsory in public places, was relatively little respected in some of them, with sometimes almost one in two people circulating with their faces uncovered.
On Sunday, the governor of California ordered the bars of Los Angeles and six other counties in that state to be closed due to the resumption of contamination.
According to Los Angeles County health officials, inspections last week showed that 49% of bars and 33% of restaurants (not affected by the closure) did not follow the social distancing guidelines. In addition, 54% of bar workers inspected and 44% of restaurant workers did not wear a mask or visor as required by law.