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COVID-19: Los Angeles closes its beaches for the upcoming holiday weekend

(Los Angeles) Los Angeles County, the primary home of COVID – 19 in California, announced on Monday that 'It will temporarily close its beaches next weekend, a public holiday in the United States, to stem a spate of contamination.

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“Due to the increasing number of COVID cases – 19, all beaches in Los Angeles County will be again temporarily closed this weekend, July 3-6, “county official Janice Hahn wrote on Twitter.

“We have had almost 3000 cases just today. We can't take the risk of having crowds at the beach this holiday weekend, “which coincides with July 4, America's national holiday,” she added.

The county recorded more than 2900 new infections on Monday, a record since the start of the pandemic in the United States. In total, more than 100 00 0 cases have were identified in Los Angeles County.

The beaches had been closed for weeks at the height of the epidemic but had gradually reopened in recent weeks.

The wearing of the mask, which is compulsory in public places, was relatively little respected in some of them, with sometimes nearly one in two people circulating with their faces uncovered, noted an AFP journalist.

Sunday, the governor of California ordered the closure of bars in Los Angeles and six other counties in this state due to the resumption of contamination.

According to the Los Angeles County health authorities, inspections carried out last week showed that 49% of bars and 33% of restaurants (which are not affected by the closure) did not apply the social distancing guidelines. In addition, 54% of bar employees inspected and 44% of restaurant workers wore no mask or visor as required by law.

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