July 4th 2020: What's open and closed at beaches, parks, trails

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As COVID-19 numbers swell and Fourth of July approaches, L.A. County closes beaches. Other public lands stay open.
Southern Californians will face Independence Day with most fireworks shows canceled and beaches closed in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

So far, many other agencies that manage parks and trails are planning to be open, but the prospect of holiday crowds could prompt changes in days ahead. Face coverings and social distancing in public places remain mandatory.

On Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state would be closing parking at state beaches throughout Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area for the weekend. He also announced closure of many indoor operations in L.A. and 18 other counties, including restaurant dining rooms, wineries, museums and card rooms for at least three weeks

Though the state isn't mandating the closure of all beaches, Newsom said, state parks will close state beaches in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and other counties that choose to close their beaches.


Newsom said other state parks will remain open for the weekend with measures in place to limit crowding. He also urged counties to consider canceling fireworks shows and said new "enforcement strike teams" would be enforcing health restrictions in workplaces.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, coping with the state's largest number of COVID-19 cases, made the beach-closure choice Monday. L.A. County beaches will be shut from Friday morning through Monday morning. Back in May, when county officials reopened beaches after the first closure, they warned that this move might be necessary.

Ventura County officials made their beach-closure decision Tuesday.

Orange County moved Wednesday to close bars, but hasn't acted to close beaches over the weekend.


The Newport Beach City Council voted Wednesday to close that city's beaches from 10 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday.

The Laguna Beach City council voted Tuesday to close that city's beaches on Saturday, July 4, while taking a wait-and-see approach to Friday and…
Christopher Reynolds, Mary Forgione
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