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WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2020

All Laguna Beach City Beaches Will be Closed on July 4

The City of Laguna Beach continues to monitor and adjust to changing conditions related to COVID-19, or coronavirus. On Tuesday, June 30, the Laguna Beach City Council unanimously voted to close all Laguna Beach City beaches on July 4 to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

If necessary, the City Manager also the authority to close the beaches on July 3 and/or July 5 if it is determined those measures are needed to protect public health and safety.

Although many of our residents and visitors are wearing masks on beaches and practicing physical distancing, the anticipated increase in the number of people gathering on Laguna Beach City beaches or in town over the upcoming 4th of July holiday may create more opportunity for community spread of the virus.

Effective as of 9:00 a.m. July 4, 2020:

  • All Laguna Beach City beaches and their related access points will close to the public until 5:00 a.m. July 5, 2020.
  • The City is placing closure signage at City beaches and accessways. For added safety, the Laguna Beach Police Department will increase monitoring and enforcement of these areas and citations can be issued for violators.
  • Basketball and volleyball courts at Main Beach remain closed and all other City basketball and volleyball courts also remain closed.

“The decision to close City beaches on July 4 was not taken lightly by the City Council,” said Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen. “Ultimately the safety of our community and the public is our number one priority. On balance, we decided that taking a one day timeout at the beach to reduce the crowds in the City made sense in the face of the increasing number of confirmed cases in the County and region. It is clear that we all need to do more to stop the spread of the virus and I urge everyone to comply with the Governor’s order to wear masks and maintain physical distance,” Whalen said.

The situation is fluid and information provided in this statement is subject to change. For the latest information on City services and guidelines for local businesses, please go to https://bit.ly/2NJotJh.

The City has asked the County of Orange to also close their beaches on July 4 and is awaiting a response.

State Orders Several Business Sectors to Close in Orange County Due to COVID-19

Effective immediately by order of the State, the following sectors will be closed in Orange County:

  • Indoor Dine-in Restaurants
  • Indoor Wineries and Tasting Rooms
  • Indoor Family Entertainment Centers
  • Indoor Movie Theaters
  • Indoor Zoos and Museums
  • Indoor Cardrooms
  • Indoor and Outdoor Bars

These sectors may modify operations to provide services outside or by pick-up with the exception of all brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs in Orange County which must close immediately, both indoor and outdoor.

These sector closures apply for a minimum of three weeks and are subject to an extension by the State based on epidemiologic indicators.

At its Special meeting on Tuesday, June 30, the Laguna Beach City Council adopted the revised City Budget for FY 2020-21. This budget is a revision to the second year of the previously approved budget in light of the impacts of COVID-19. The City Council's next regular meeting is Tuesday, July 14.

Fireworks of All Kinds are Illegal Within the City of Laguna Beach - Up to $1,000 Fine

The Laguna Beach Police and Fire Departments are actively enforcing the City's ban on all types of fireworks and violators may face steep fines.

If you see or hear someone illegally using fireworks, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

The City of Laguna Beach is reminding visitors and community members that ALL kinds of fireworks are illegal at all times within the City of Laguna Beach.

This includes “Safe and Sane” type fireworks that may be legal to purchase in other cities. To protect public safety and slow the spread of COVID-19 by discouraging large gatherings, the City’s 2020 public fireworks display is also canceled.

The Laguna Beach Police Department, Fire Department and Marine Safety Departments will have extra officers working over the Fourth of July weekend looking for fireworks violations and citing or arresting violators accordingly.

It is unlawful for any person to possess or use any fireworks within the City of Laguna Beach. Any member of the Police Department or the Fire Department can seize any fireworks, and persons in possession of or discharging fireworks of any kind – including firecrackers, bottle rockets, mortars, roman candles, or anything that flies/shoots through the air – may be cited for a misdemeanor offense, which carries a fine of up to $1,000 and jail time of up to 6 months.

The Laguna Beach Police, Fire, and Marine Safety Departments will be strictly enforcing all City ordinances and state laws and are asking for the community’s cooperation in keeping this Fourth of July holiday a safe one by not possessing or using any fireworks in Laguna Beach.

If you see or hear fireworks being used in Laguna Beach, call 9-1-1. Our dispatchers will alert officers to the area that the fireworks are occurring.

To protect public safety and health and slow the spread of COVID-19, the Laguna Beach 2020 public fireworks display is canceled.

Face coverings are required to be worn in the State of California and in the City of Laguna Beach. Additional information can be found at https://bit.ly/2zSGL7t

City Providing Free Face Coverings for Patrons at The Promenade on Forest

The City of Laguna Beach is now distributing free face coverings at both entrances to The Promenade on Forest to ensure state and local mandates requiring face coverings are met and to help keep all patrons safe and healthy at The Promenade.

Directional signage on the sidewalk denotes the preferred traffic circulation in The Promenade to encourage physical distancing.

Additional signage, noting face coverings are required and showing the circulation plan for The Promenade was installed this week.

The Promenade on Forest creates a safe and exciting pedestrian-only experience on Forest Avenue from Coast Highway to Glenneyre Street- with dining decks, retail display decks, and a performance art deck for virtual and live performances and temporary art installations throughout the Summer of 2020.

The public is asked to wear a face covering when not eating or drinking and while walking through The Promenade on Forest. Please follow the directional signage located on the ground to ensure physical distancing.

See YOU at The Promenade on Forest, now open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Downtown Laguna Beach!

More Parking Now Available in Downtown Laguna Beach

There are now 14 additional public parking spaces in Downtown Laguna Beach after the creation of a new City parking lot located where the old bus depot used to be on Ocean Avenue.

Parking rates and rules will be the same in the new lot as the other Downtown lots: $4.50/hour, 3 hour max, payment required 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Resident Shopper Parking Permits are valid in the new Downtown lot.

The Laguna Beach Farmer's Market is closed on Saturday, July 4 due to the Independence Day holiday.

Six Beaches in Laguna Beach Make the 'Heal the Bay' Honor Roll

The 30th Annual Heal the Bay Beach Report Card was released this week, and Laguna Beach continues to receive excellent grades.

Six beaches listed on the Heal the Bay Honor Roll are in Laguna Beach (South Aliso County Beach, Goff Island, Laguna Lido, Table Rock, Treasure Island, and Victoria Beach).

The Condor Squadron will perform a special 4th of July flyover in Laguna Beach from 5:45 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. July 4th!

Have a Happy, Safe and Healthy Independence Day, Laguna Beach!

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