Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Monday that he refuses to enforce a directive to close beaches for July 4th weekend.
His officers will only enforce the closing parking lots, the sheriff said.
Earlier Monday, Los Angeles County’s public health department announced the beach closure order, citing the surge in Chinese coronavirus cases.
Additionally, public health officials said fireworks will be banned.
Gavin Newsom (D) ordered bars in Los Angeles County and six other counties to close, citing the spread of the virus.