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The surge in coronavirus cases is prompting some major beach closures on the South Coast for the Fourth of July weekend.  Ventura County is closing its beaches.

Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin tells KCLU News parking areas and beaches will be closed.  

We made it through the end a very strange school year disrupted by the coronavirus crisis.  But, what will public schools look like when class resume this fall?  Educators are busy trying to come up with answers to some very difficult questions.

While the state has paused the next phase of reopenings, Santa Barbara County moved ahead Friday with an already approved one.

It had put its next phase on pause because of an increase in new cases last week.  The reopenings include skin care services, hair removal, nail salons, tattoo parlors, piercing shops, massage therapy, and businesses offering facial, electrolysis, and waxing services.

Coronavirus is surging statewide, including here at home, on the Central and South Coasts.

200 new cases were reported in the region Wednesday, including 99 in Ventura County.  Ventura County’s Public Health Officer says we are at a critical point in efforts to contain it.  Dr. Robert Levin says with the reopening of much of the economy, many people are acting like the crisis is over, when it’s not.

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There's a new pace to life in downtown Santa Barbara these days, not just for pedestrians, but also for bike riders.

"This is ideal," says Kent Epperson, Director of Traffic Solutions. "This is the kind of atmosphere we want to create."

State health officials say they are working with Santa Barbara County to address a spike in coronavirus related hospitalizations. 

They say they’ve identified 13 counties which they think need help in dealing with specific coronavirus issues.  

The state is clearing the way for the reopening of schools, day camps, bars and gyms closed by coronavirus concerns. 

County health officials on the Central and South Coasts will have to look at the guidance being released by the state today, and decide if they are ready locally to reopen bars and gyms.  

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Two of the largest malls on the South Coast are now open again, although some of their retailers haven’t reopened for in person sales yet.

A botanical gardens on the South Coast closed by the coronavirus crisis is set to reopen this weekend.

The Ventura Botanical Gardens will welcome visitors again starting on Saturday. 

The coronavirus crisis has been hard on everyone, but some of the hardest hit people have been those in long term care and nursing facilities. 

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases on the Central and South Coasts now tops the 3100 mark.

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While some cities are looking at allowing restaurants to reopen via al fresco dining setups in downtown areas, one South Coast city says it doesn't have enough space.

The team at Arboles Barber Shop and Salon in Thousand Oaks is back on the job, after more than two months off due to the coronavirus business shutdown.  Like many people in the business, they are excited to be working again, as customers are looking for everything from haircutting to coloring.

With most businesses on the Central and South Coasts closed by the coronavirus crisis and many people staying at home, a number of communities in the region eased parking regulations.

But with the reopening process underway, some communities are putting parking rules back into effect. 

A band is playing on State Street in downtown Santa Barbara.  Hundreds of people walk up and down the street.  It’s dusk, and business is booming at some restaurants on the 500 block of State Street.

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