The Los Angeles county sheriff has announced his department has no plans to enforce the county's health department order to close all beaches over the Fourth of July weekend.
"We were not consulted on the beach closure, and will only assist our beach cities in closing parking lots and traffic enforcement on PCH," Sheriff Alex Villanueva told Fox 11. "In regards to enforcing the beach closure, we will not be enforcing it because we are 'Care First, Jail Last.'"
The health department issued the order, which also included a ban on all fireworks displays, in the hopes of deterring the gathering of large crowds. The order encompasses "all public beaches, piers, public beach parking lots, beach bike paths that traverse that sanded portion of the beach, and beach access points."
The ban is set to take effect on July 3 and extend until July 6.