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Some Local Residents Still Congregating at Rose Bowl Loop in Spite of Closure

City officials say loop is closed until further notice

Published on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 | 4:00 am

City officials on Tuesday reminded local residents that the Rose Bowl loop remains closed for recreational use, including cyclist and pedestrians.

“While we appreciate the support of many who are adhering to not using the Rose Bowl loop, we still have many who are challenging our new restrictions despite signage and street barriers,” said Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian.

The city closed the popular 3.1 mile loop on Sunday in the interest of public safety due to overcrowding in the area this past weekend. Despite calls for social distancing, some people continued to gather closely.

Electronic signage was placed in the area emphasizing the need to remain six-feet apart. Despite the signs, the Pasadena Police Department still received calls and concerned residents posted on the city’s social media page.

Last week Mayor Terry Tornek drove to the area after hearing that people were not properly social distancing in the area. Tornek remained in his car.

The city had previously warned that loop would be closed if proper social distancing was not sufficiently maintained, the city shut down the popular exercise location on Sunday.

Electronic billboards around the Bowl announced the closure and police are monitoring the situation.

The state has issued a Safer at Home order requiring people to stay in their homes. Local residents are allowed to leave for exercise and to purchase food.

As part of the order non-essential businesses have been closed.

According to the city many local residents are still finding ways to exercise, including local aerobics classes with residents a house apart to conform to social distancing and others playing house to house “tag” or doing “the wave” to exercise with neighbors.

On Friday, L.A. County shuttered all county-owned beaches to the public, including beach bathrooms, piers, promenades, and beach bike paths.

All parking lots at state beaches and parks – including nine in L.A. County – have been closed.

Police are monitoring the area. As of Tuesday afternoon, Pasadena had 33 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus.

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