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LAGUNA BEACH (CBSLA) — The fireworks display at Laguna Beach has been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Laguna Beach Police Department Sgt. Jim Cota tweeted the cancelation saying, “Sorry for the bad news but it’s for the best this year.”

Sorry for the bad news but it’s for the best this year.

@StuNewsLaguna @lagunabeachindy @LagunaBchPatch @lagunaini @lillibirds @ChipYost @CBSmichelegile

— Laguna Beach PD PIO (@LBPD_PIO_45) June 30, 2020

Beachgoers were also reminded to practice social distancing when visiting Laguna Beach over the holiday weekend.

The city of Thousand Oaks also announced they would not be partaking in their annual Fireworks Spectacular.

The ongoing pandemic has prompted the cancellation of other in-person fireworks shows including:

  • Americafest in Pasadena
  • Grand Park + Music Center in Downtown LA
  • Marina Del Rey’s 4th Of July Fireworks Show
  • Hollywood Bowl’s 3-night Fireworks Spectacular with the Beach Boys
  • KABOOM! 2020 at the Fairplex in Pomona
  • The Crescenta Valley High School Fireworks show in La Crescenta
  • July 4 at Mt. Rubidoux and La Sierra Park in Riverside
  • Duarte’s Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular
  • Newport Beach’s annual fireworks display

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Pasadena, Long Beach Unified Say Classes Will Remain Online When Schools Open This Fall

PASADENA (CBSLA) — Both the Pasadena and Long Beach Unified School District announced Tuesday that campuses in the district will remain closed for the beginning of the school year due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

Pasadena Unified Superintendent Brian McDonald said the district’s 23 schools will begin instruction on Aug. 17 with a 100% distance-learning model.

“All of us would like to see students back in school when it’s safe to do so. But Los Angeles County has recorded a surge in new cases in the last week, with a 9% rate of positive cases,” McDonald wrote in a letter to the PUSD community.

“We cannot and will not take chances with the health and safety of our students and staff. I plan to bring a recommendation to the Board of Education at a special meeting on July 16 that Pasadena Unified open in a 100% distance learning model on August 17.”

McDonald also said the district has been preparing for the possibility of distancing learning and will continue to monitor and evaluate public health conditions and guidelines.

The district’s school board had previously announced the school year would begin with a combination of in-person and distance learning.

Also Tuesday, Long Beach Unified School District announced it will begin the new school year with online courses following the announcements of other districts.

On Monday, the Orange County Board of Education voted 4-1 to recommend opening campuses next month without masks or social distancing, but the decision is not binding on any of the county’s districts.

Earlier that day, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner said LAUSD campuses will remain closed when classes resume next month.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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