MEMO: Gavin To Shutter All Beaches
LOS ANGELES – Governor Gavin Newsom was expected to announce the closure of all California beaches and state parks during his daily coronavirus state briefing Thursday in the continued fight against COVID-19.
On Monday, Newsom scolded beachgoers after seeing images of crowded beaches in Orange and Ventura counties that surfaced over the weekend, which displayed a lack of social distancing. “The only thing that will slow down our capacity to begin reopening our economy is our inconsistent behavior,” he said.
Tens of thousands of people flocked to Orange County beaches over the hot weekend as beaches were closed in neighboring San Diego and Los Angeles counties.
On Wednesday evening, the governor sent a memo to the state’s police chiefs that said: “all beaches and all state parks in California will be closed, effective Friday, May 1st.”
“I support safety. And I believe that he will make it safer,” one beachgoer told FOX 11.
However, the expected announcement has garnered some opposition.
“Closing down the beaches is a real extreme measure. I think you have to let the people use their own good judgment. I think most of the people I saw in Huntington Beach on Saturday and Sunday were practicing social distancing,” another beachgoer said.
“This is not going to end well,” Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez tweeted.