Junior Lifeguard Programs Canceled in L.A. County Due to COVID-19 Concerns

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The Los Angeles Times reports that the junior lifeguard programs in Los Angeles county have been cancelled this year.

That means that an entire generation of junior lifeguards will be miss out on the opportunity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made by the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the city of Seal Beach, which is included in the cancellations. Citing concerns about the coronavirus.

The Times states that Seal Beach Marine Safety Chief Joe Bailey said the following in a statement:

We waited as long as possible to make this decision in the hopes things would change. It was a difficult decision and we wanted to give participants and their families as much notice as possible. Our goal is to remain responsive to the community’s needs and to ensure the safety, security, health for all in Seal Beach.”

The Times adds that some coastal cities, including Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and San Clemente, as well as the state’s parks are waiting to see whether the program is still feasible this summer, holding off on swim tryouts.

Fore more on this story, visit LATimes.com.

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