LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – All parking lots at state beaches and parks – including nine in Los Angeles County – will be closed to reduce crowding in outdoor spaces to limit the spread of coronavirus, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday.

Parking lots at the following locations will be closed effective immediately:

  • Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
  • Leo Carrillo State Park (SP)
  • Malibu Creek SP
  • Malibu Lagoon State Beach (SB)
  • Point Dume SB
  • Point Mugu SP
  • RH Meyer SB
  • Topanga SP
  • Will Roger’s State Historic Park (SHP)

Newsom said the move comes in response to reports of large crowds gathering over the weekend at various park locations.

Last week, California State Parks temporarily closed all campgrounds in the state park system to support efforts to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Under that order, state trails and beaches remained open.

Newsom says he will advance “soft closures” to reduce traffic at beaches statewide, while acknowledging the value of such open spaces for residents during the statewide shelter-in-place order.

Part of that effort involves significantly increasing state park patrol and to practice “social encouragement”.

Comments (2)
  1. Kathryn Campbell says:

    Many people, including myself, manage our mental health through physical activity. I can’t go to the gym, and now I can’t drive 12 miles to hike in my local state park? I went to Topanga last Thursday and I saw six people with healthy social distancing in place, Why not close these places down on the weekends only? People continue to work from home and homeschool their children so they only try to go during weekends. Not all of us a rich like these politicians who undoubtedly have home gyms or live near enough to a state park to walk to it. I’d like both Mayor Garcetti and Governor Newsom to include in their press conferences the number of suicides and attempted suicides that are occurring each day and how much of an increase there has been since they forced us indoors to try to make up for their and President Trump’s ineptitude. Please also include police calls, hospital admissions, and deaths from domestic violence.

    Testing everyone is the key to isolating the virus and getting rid of it, not social distancing. Look at South Korea. I have been hearing for weeks how we are getting more tests, yet, in, a county of 10 million people 4,500 people have been tested. How do you expect people to take these authoritarian restrictions on our lives seriously? The numbers aren’t there to justify this, and yes, I know the numbers aren’t reflective of the reality. However, the WHO has said themselves social distancing is not all that helpful because of lack of compliance and because TESTING and identifying who has the virus is how you get rid of it. It’s like putting a bandaid on a compound fracture.

Leave a Reply