Last weekend southern California had a heatwave, leading the masses to flock to beaches as they usually would on a hot day. However, with the coronavirus pandemic still strong, Newsom was more than displeased to see people failing to social distance.
The governor sent out a tweet last Friday asking residents to resist the urge to go outside, but not everyone listened.
It’s going to be nice outside this weekend. You might be feeling cooped up. Ready for life to go back to “normal.”
But can’t stress this enough:
CA can only keep flattening the curve if we stay home and practice physical distancing.
You have the power to literally save lives.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) April 24, 2020
Newsom said out of 100 beaches there were only five with major issues and the behavior would delay the state’s ability to reopen activities as it is working to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“Those images are an example of what not to see, what not to do if we’re going to make the meaningful progress we’ve made the past couple of weeks,” Newsom said.
Yesterday, Newsom tweeted reminding people to practice social distancing as you can see below.
Going to REPEAT, REPEAT, REPEAT:
CA is flattening the curve because folks are staying home. Practicing physical distancing.
We aren’t out of the woods yet.
We must continue to take this seriously and allow our re-opening to be guided by science and public health.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) April 30, 2020
The news of beach closures did not sit well with all officials; Orange County Board of Supervisors member Donald Wagner disagreed with Newsom’s decision writing, “Medical professionals tell us the importance of fresh air and sunlight in fighting infectious diseases, including mental health benefits.”
He continued, “Moreover, Orange County citizens have been cooperative with California state and county restrictions thus far. I fear that this overreaction from the state will undermine that cooperative attitude and our collective efforts to fight the disease, based on the best available medical information.”
Some people are so upset about the potential rules they have protested. More than 200 individuals attended a Huntington Beach rally and many of them were not practicing social distancing or wearing masks.