California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday ordered seashores in Orange County within the southern a part of the state to shut, after crowds defied public well being tips to throng the favored shoreline final weekend.
The transfer got here after Newsom complained that beachgoers may hasten the unfold of the coronavirus in California, delaying the state’s potential to ease public well being restrictions at the same time as tens of millions of individuals within the most-populous U.S. state obey the stay-at-home guidelines imposed in March.
Newsom’s determination to shut the Orange County seashores, introduced at his day by day coronavirus briefing, stood in distinction to media studies, together with by Reuters, that the Democratic governor deliberate to shut all parks and seashores within the state.
The studies have been based mostly on a memo that supposedly had been despatched from the governor’s workplace to native police chiefs, however Newsom stated he had not despatched or seen such a doc.
The California Police Chiefs Association, cited in a number of of the information studies as a supply of the memo, apologized on Thursday for the confusion.
“In an ever-changing environment, we sent out information regarding decisions that were still evolving, which was regrettably shared outside of our police chief membership,” the affiliation stated in a press release despatched to reporters. “We apologize for the undue concern that caused to the public, our colleagues, the Governor and his staff.”
Newsom stated it was by no means his intention to shut the entire state’s parks and seashores.
On Thursday, he stated 95 individuals had died previously 24 hours in California of COVID-19, the respiratory illness attributable to the novel coronavirus.
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