5 votes L.A., other SoCal cities cracking down on crowds at parks, beaches to stem spread of COVID-19 Posted March 23 by skybrian Tags: coronaviruses.covid19, usa.ca.los angeles, parks, beaches, lockdown https://ktla.com/news/local-news/l-a-mayor-provides-update-on-covid-19-outbreak/ Link information This data is scraped automatically and may be incorrect. Authors Brian Day Published Mar 23 2020 Word count 454 words 1 comment Collapse replies Expand all Comments sorted by most votes newest first order posted relevance OK skybrian (OP) March 23 Link From the article: From the article: Parking lots near Venice Beach and the Boardwalk will be closed starting Monday, [Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti] said. Santa Monica has also decided to shut down its beach-side parking lots. Garcetti said he planned to work with other mayors of beach communities and county officials to address the issue. I hope we can assess how we can make sure that people aren't congregating on our beaches, and if necessary, close them altogether," he said. Long Beach officials announced the closure of sports facilities in the city's parks and beaches, and asked residents to avoid gathering in public. "We continue to see large groups of people gathering in our parks playing team sports and at the beach - and that is a problem," Mayor Robert Garcia said. "We are in the midst of a public health emergency and people of all ages can be affected by COVID-19. For the sake of our hospitals, first responders and loved ones it is critical that everyone follow our Safer at Home order." Closed facilities in Long Beach and L.A. included basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, dog parks, playgrounds, skate parks, picnic areas. Group sports are not allowed.