Southern California got some warm, summer weather this weekend and despite other counties closing beaches and following social distancing guidlines, folks gathered at Newport Beach and Huntington Beach to soak up the sun.
As Bay Area counties prepare this week to extend shelter-in-place restrictions for 7 million residents through the end of May, a growing number of officials representing less-densely populated areas of California are calling on Gov.
Gov. Gavin Newsom Monday lashed out at crowds who flocked to some Orange County beaches over the hot weekend, most notably Newport Beach, saying ignorance of social-distancing mandates is dangerous and could delay the state’s ability to reopen businesses and ease health orders.
The Laguna Beach City Council will discuss the beach scene in town over the weekend as well as look at beach visitor impacts in neighboring Newport Beach and in Huntington Beach during a meeting on Tuesday,
Hot weather drove many Angelenos to the beach over the weekend, despite admonitions to stay home. In Ventura County, very few beachgoers wore masks, and many said they felt there was enough room for everyone to socially distance.
Unlike LA County, some of Orange County’s shores were open to beachgoers over the weekend. Images of packed beaches, such as Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, flooded local news and social media feeds.
Newsom started his daily speech admonishing crowds who flocked to some beaches on Saturday, including calling out Newport Beach, and saying there is danger in ignoring social-distancing mandates and that it could delay the state reopening businesses and easing health orders.
Overcrowding at some California beaches and parks has given local officials second thoughts about keeping them open next weekend at the risk of reversing progress made in slowing the spread of the coronavirus and causing a deadly surge of cases.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the state may be just weeks away from “meaningful changes” to its stay-at-home order that took effect March 19. But he warned Monday that progress will be jeopardized if people crowd beaches as they did in some places over the warm spring weekend.