Port Hueneme Beach In Ventura County Reopens With Restrictions

Port Hueneme Beach's Defense and Disaster Council says this "soft" reopening is contingent upon residents following physical distancing guidelines and wearing face coverings outside.

Port Hueneme Beach In Ventura County Reopens With Restrictions

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A Southern California beach is reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic — but with some restrictions.

Port Hueneme Beach’s Defense and Disaster Council says this “soft” reopening is contingent upon residents following physical distancing guidelines and wearing face coverings outside.

Public access to the beach had been closed since April 1 so it was welcome news to some who have been longing for some time in the sand.

“We’ve been homeschooling and working from home. It’s been good in a way and kind of chaotic,” said Anna Hernandez of Simi Valley.

Police officers are monitoring the area to make sure beachgoers are adhering to the guidelines put in place.

The city wants to prevent crowds from showing up – like what happened in places such as Jacksonville, Florida this weekend.

Port Hueneme’s easing of the rules comes on the same day that Ventura County announced it is extending Stay At Home orders until May 15.

“People should respect that as much as possible,” said Port Hueneme Mayor Laura Hernandez. “If they want to get out and get fresh air, to stay within their neighborhoods as much as possible.”

Along with requiring people on the beach to practice physical distancing and wear masks, public restrooms at the beach are closed and sunbathing or gathering in groups is prohibited.

To discourage large gatherings, street parking is also not allowed near the beach and about half the parking spots have been coned off.

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Stars Unite For Coronavirus ‘One World’ Charity Concert To Support Health Care Workers

Celebrities came together for a star-studded night dedicated to recognizing health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Stars Unite For Coronavirus ‘One World’ Charity Concert To Support Health Care Workers

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Celebrities came together in a virtual charity event on Saturday to recognize health care workers who are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

“One World: Together At Home” ran for eight hours, beginning with an online stream for six hours and ending in a two-hour concert hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert.

There were performances by Lady Gaga, Andre Bocellio, Stevie Wonder, Lizzo, Elton John, John Legend, The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, and more.

Former first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush also spoke during the event.

The concert — put on by the World Health Organization and anti-poverty group Global Citizen — raised money for the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Some of Southern California’s own heroes were featured in the concert special.

Pippin Ashton, the medical director of a coronavirus unit in Whittier, is responsible for making sure her staff has the personal protective equipment they need to stay safe as they care for patients battling COVID-19.

“Even though we may be covered head-to-toe in our protective equipment, we have to make sure we hold their hand or give them the personal touch, the family touch that’s so important because they’re lacking that,” Ashton said.

Ashton said new concerns have emerged because of the role they’re taking on during this pandemic.

“Several staff have moved out of their homes, living in hotel rooms or staying with each other so they don’t bring anything home to their families. There are some families that tell them they don’t want them at home,” she said. “It’s heartbreaking.”

Registered nurse Kim St. Laurent, who is also the mom of a nurse, is now caring for recovering coronavirus patients dealing with more than just physical symptoms.

“Anything from PTSD, depression,” St. Laurent said. “They’re having a lot of deep psychological effects from the isolation they experienced not being able to see faces of their health care workers for one month.”

Jon Coligado, a Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician, said he was floored by the line-up at tonight’s event but says his job is rewarding in itself.

“We’re happy with a thank you — ‘thanks for the treatment, thank you for walking me to the door, thank you for folding my blanket,” he said.

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