Beaches in some components of southern California can be shut down from Friday, the state’s governor introduced, to keep away from a repeat of the large crowds that flocked there final weekend.
“We’re going to do a hard close … just in the Orange County area,” Gavin Newsom mentioned.
“Specific issues on some of those beaches have raised alarm bells,” he added, referring to the hundreds of people that packed seashores within the county — notably Newport Beach and Huntington Beach — final weekend amid a heatwave.
Newsom mentioned his choice was guided by considerations on defending public well being and urged Californians to proceed heeding the stay-at-home order imposed in March to stem the unfold of the COVID-19 outbreak.
He acknowledged that the seashore closures could not sit properly with some native officers and residents who’re discovering it more and more tough to remain indoors, however insisted it was crucial to save lots of lives.
Several California coastal cities have allowed seashores to stay open for native residents regardless of the statewide lockdown order.
But Newsom insisted that the virus “doesn’t take the weekend off” or “go home because it’s a beautiful sunny day around coasts.”
The metropolis council in Newport Beach on Tuesday rejected a proposal to close down seashores within the space for the subsequent three weekends and a few close by cities have allowed individuals on seashores at sure hours and for train.
Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner on Thursday certified Newsom’s choice as “overreaction” and unwise.
“Medical professionals tell us the importance of fresh air and sunlight in fighting infectious diseases, including mental health benefits,” Wagner mentioned. “Moreover, Orange County citizens have been cooperative with California state and county restrictions thus far.”
Local regulation enforcement officers have additionally insisted that photos of beachgoers final weekend didn’t mirror the truth.
“What we observed from land and by air was the vast majority of beachgoers practicing social distancing,” the Newport Beach police and fireplace chiefs mentioned in an announcement. “There were, in places, some clusters of people that were not social distancing.
“Throughout the day, our law enforcement officials and lifeguards patrolled your entire seashore space to teach and remind these people of the need of bodily distancing.”
California has registered almost 49,000 instances of COVID-19 to date with virtually 2,000 deaths, a fatality price deemed modest given it’s the most populous state within the nation.
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