Gov. Gavin Newsom orders closure of Orange County beaches only

April 30, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom

Despite previously indicating he had plans to close all California beaches and state parks, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that, starting Friday, only Orange County beaches must close.

Last weekend, certain Orange County beaches were visibly crowded. This week, Newsom chastised Orange County beachgoers for not practicing social distancing.

“Unfortunately, we weren’t able to provide the kind of physical distancing, social distancing that is required on the basis of our statewide guidance,” Newsom said during his press conference Thursday, when questioned about ordering the closure of Orange County beaches against the wishes of local officials. “Everybody who saw those images sat there and their eyes, you know, we’re all concerned about that.”

The state-imposed closure of Orange County beaches is temporary. Newsom said Orange County beaches can reopen if the situation improves.

While the Orange County electorate has voted increasingly for Democrats in recent years, the county is traditionally Republican and its local officials have previously clashed with Newsom. Some critics have accused Newsom of factoring politics into his decision to target Orange County.

Elsewhere in the state, Newsom is allowing local officials to make decisions on the status of beaches and parks. During a press conference on Wednesday, San Luis Obispo County Administrator Wade Horton said SLO County plans to keep its beaches open.

Statewide, several rural counties have requested that California relax shelter-at-home rules.


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fat chance

I heard the city are going to ignore the the order. This could be interesting.


Rambunctious

This means they will all come here….oh no shut down the highway…barricade the roads……close everything even gas stations….hide our birds…..put tacks on the off ramps…..tanks on the bridges….turn off the waves and get the fog machines going….


Ralph Snart

Orange County Sheriff says they will ignore the Governor anyway. This should be interesting!


aye-caramba

The Governor throws a tantrum… because it looks bad when no one cares what he “orders”.