Report: Gavin Newsom to Close All Beaches, State Parks in California

People enjoy the beach amid the novel coronavirus pandemic in Huntington Beach, California on April 25, 2020. - Orange County is the only county in the area where beaches remain open, lifeguards in Huntington Beach expect tens of thousands of people to flock the beach this weekend due to the …
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California Governor Gavin Newsom plans to issue an order closing all beaches and state parks, effective May 1, according to a report by Fox 11 Los Angeles.

According to KTTV 11 reporter Bill Melugin, Newsom’s office informed California police chiefs Wednesday of the impending change. Melugin received the police bulletin from a source, and then confirmed the bulletin with the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

Orange County is at the center of the controversy, since it has not closed its beaches, unlike Los Angeles County. Over the last weekend, warm temperatures in Southern California drove many people to seek relief at the coast. Some were reported to have been lax in observing “social distancing” protocols.
Newsom scolded beachgoers in a press conference on Monday, saying that they were undermining the state’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic and endangering plans to reopen the economy.

But San Diego County proceeded with plans to open some beaches on Monday, and the city council of Newport Beach — where many of the crowds had gathered on the weekend — voted to keep beaches there open, albeit with more police to enforce social distancing.

Newsom had not confirmed the order as of Wednesday evening, but exhorted the public to continue to observe social distancing:

Recent research suggests that the coronavirus is more difficult to transmit outdoors and does not survive long in sunlight.

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