Los Angeles County has officially closed all of its beaches in reaction to the large number of people disregarding the social distancing guidelines enacted to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In a statement, County Supervisor Janice Hahn said, "In order to save lives, beaches in L.A. County will temporarily be closed."

"The crowds we saw at our beaches last weekend were unacceptable," Hahn went on to say. "We cannot risk another sunny weekend with crowds at the beach spreading this virus."

That means beach bike paths, bathrooms, piers and promenades are also closed.

Beach and harbor staff, in coordination with lifeguards and other beach cities, will monitor the coastline and work with local law enforcement agencies to ensure compliance of this order.

Last weekend, after the first week of California's stay-at-home order, people flocked to Southern California's beaches, creating crowds that forced city and county officials to shut down parking lots and other facilities. 

The order to close L.A. beaches goes into effect immediately and runs through April 19, 2020.

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