Harbor Beaches Will Be Closed July 3-6

Ventura County beaches – including Hollywood, Silver Strand, and Kiddie beaches – will be closed this holiday weekend from 5 a.m. on July 3 through July 6 at 5 a.m. to prevent crowding that results in the spread of COVID-19.

To support this effort parking lots and restrooms will also be closed.

“COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase in Ventura County and throughout the State. It’s important that people do not gather to prevent further spread,” said Public Health Officer Doctor Robert Levin.

The Fourth of July weekend is often a time of gathering. Usually, community members enjoy the summer holiday with backyard barbecues, fireworks and water activities. But this year, celebrating the holiday will be different due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Gatherings are prohibited in the State. Fireworks shows have been canceled throughout Ventura County, including the Channel Islands Harbor’s Fireworks by the Sea, to prevent gatherings.

“Visiting family and friends still presents a risk of spreading COVID-19. We know people are eager to go out, but we need to remind you on the importance of being safe and protecting yourself and others. Please only gather with the people that you live with. Your actions can help save lives,” said Public Health Director Rigo Vargas. Please take the following precautions:

• Continue to social distance by staying 6 feet away from others, especially if you are at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19 (over age 65 or any age with underlying medical conditions).

• Continue to wear cloth face coverings in public.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

• Stay home if you are sick.

Stay informed at www.venturacountyrecovers.org.

Editor’s Note: this story was published on July 1, 2020.