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Santa Barbara Backs Labor Day Weekend Beach Restrictions Over Coronvirus With Parking Lot Shutdowns

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Santa Barbara County announced last week that its beaches will have restrictions over the Labor Day holiday weekend to try to help prevent gatherings which can spread coronavirus.

Now, the City of Santa Barbara is reinforcing that effort by closing most of its oceanfront parking lots next weekend.

The city will shut down all of its coastal lots except for the ones at Santa Barbara Harbor, and on Stearns Wharf from Friday morning until Sunday night.

Santa Barbara County is limiting beach access to walking, running, swimming, and surfing from Friday through Monday.  No sitting or sunbathing is allowed.  So far, Ventura County hasn’t made any announcements about possible beach restrictions.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.