Malibu Pier to close following crowds of visitors last weekend amidst pandemic

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The Malibu Pier, including its shops and restaurants, is closing to the public starting Wednesday to prevent crowding during the coronavirus, the city announced on Tuesday.  

The pier is considered a state park, and Malibu City Manager Reva Feldman coordinated with California State Parks to close it, according to Matt Myerhoff, Malibu's media information officer.  

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The closure comes after the pier was crowded with visitors last weekend, Myerhoff said., FOX launches national hub for COVID-19 news and updates. 

"Crowding on beaches and trails or anywhere right now is not acceptable, it does not help us to slow the spread of coronavirus and it puts seniors and vulnerable groups at risk," Malibu Mayor Karen Farrer said.  

"I know how difficult it is to have to stay home, and getting outdoors, getting exercise and enjoying nature is an important part of physical and mental wellness. But we all must come together and practice social distancing at all times to overcome this challenge."