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By David Ganezer
Observer Staff Writer 

SM Pier Closed for Six Days to Avoid Spread of Covid

The Pier was closed from March 16th to October 14th, when in partially reopened

 

December 31, 2020

School children from Australia have their picture snapped at the foot of the SM Pier. File photo from 2018. 2020 looks quite different

In an announcement on the City's website, the City of Santa Monica said its 100 year old pier would close during the long new year's weekend. The Pier was closed from March 16th to October 14th, when it partially reopened. The amusement park, Pacific Park, has never reopened.

"In an effort to slow the rampant spread of COVID-19 throughout Los Angeles County, the Santa Monica Pier will temporarily close for the New Year's holiday weekend," reads the City press release.

Mary Leipziger

Santa Monica Pier devoid of tourists this summer. File photo

"The closure will be effective at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30 through 6 a.m. on Monday, January 4. The closure aligns with public health officials' plea with members of the public to stay home as much as possible and dissuade the public from gathering in crowds."

"We are in the middle of the worst part of the public health crisis with hospitals stretched beyond their capacity as people continue to gather and infect friends and family. Right now, one county resident dies of COVID-19 every ten minutes. Be part of curbing this trend by not gathering and staying home.

"The City's Code Enforcement COVID-19 details will be active throughout the weekend to enforce unpermitted business operations, gatherings, and face masks. Please follow all Los Angeles County guidelines to promote community health.

For the latest information, please visit santamonica.gov/coronavirus, or call the City's Coronavirus Hotline at (310) 458-8400."

 

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