Governor Newsom is Closing All California Beaches

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.

According to an article from ABC7, a memo was sent out Wednesday night by the California Police Chiefs Association stating all beaches and state parks in California will be closed effective May 1st.

The governor sent out a tweet last Friday asking residents to resist the urge to go outside, but not everyone listened.

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.

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.”

A few of the beaches have recently altered the shelter-in-place orders including Newport and Laguna Beach. On Tuesday, the Newport Beach City Council contemplated an ordinance to close beaches for the weeks ahead, but ultimately did not pass it. After closing them last month, the Laguna Beach City Council reopened beaches for “active use only”, such as running or swimming, denying anyone to sit on the beach.

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.


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