by Kimberly Rivers

Dr. Robert Levin, health officer with Ventura County Public Health, has confirmed today, June 30, that Ventura County beaches and parking areas will be closed for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Dr. Robert Levin in Camarillo in February 2020. (Photo by Kimberly Rivers)

The closure will begin at 5 a.m. on Friday, July 3 and be in effect until 5 a.m. on Monday, July 6. (Timing was updated due to changes announced in Ventura County press release sent at 6:08 p.m., Tuesday, June 30). 

Levin said the beaches are being closed because, “I feel it promotes disease transmission to allow larger gatherings of people than are desirable.”

A spokesperson for the City of Ventura said they will “support the [county] public health order for its beaches.” 

On Wednesday, July 1 California State Parks department announced that all state beaches in Ventura County will also be closed to align with the county public health orders. 

A public health order has not yet been issued. 

“Please only gather with the people that
you live with. Your actions can help save lives,” said Rigo Vargas, director of Ventura County Public Health. “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.”

Los Angeles County has closed beaches for the weekend. 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.