Newsom Says Only Orange County Beaches Will Close

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Beyond the stay-at-home order protests that have popped up around the state, in less-populated areas of California local officials and business owners are pleading for Newsom to reopen the economy.

He added that the beaches may reopen "if we can get some framework and guidelines to get this right".

"Covid-19 looks very different in Modoc", she said. But he said that could change quickly if people get complacent.

This is a breaking news update. He said the controversial hard close on beaches like Laguna, Newport and Huntington was necessary to prevent another weekend rush and in the interest of public health. Beaches in Los Angeles County remained closed. While some customers lined up at a ME restaurant whose owner appeared on Fox News to say he would open in defiance of his governor's order, some businesses that opened reported only light customer traffic and still lighter sales. "Closing beaches in areas where people weren't following social distancing is a more appropriate response than a statewide closure", Honsal said. And I just hope people will consider that.

Down the coast at Huntington State Beach, park officers wearing masks stood by official vehicles with blinking lights, telling passers-by about the closure. "If people are sensible and do what they're supposed to with the social distancing - but not everybody is".

The state continues to see large increases in unemployment filings, with more than 3.9 million since March 12. Patricia Bates, a Laguna Niguel Republican, said in a statement.

The Huntington Beach City Council voted 5-2 in favor of directing the City Attorney to pursue any and all legal actions to challenge the beach closure, a news release from the city says.

Still, there are concerns about crowds at Pismo Beach, which drew hundreds during a warm weekend of April 25 and 26.

The beaches are expansive, he argued.

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It's the same argument made in Modoc County in California's northeast corner.

Tiny Modoc County on Friday began to reopen, with restaurants again serving food and other retailers swinging their doors open for customers.

"Just as our physical health is vital for our citizens, so is the mental health and the economic health of our citizens", Modoc County Supervisor Ned Coe told The Associated Press.

Newsom said it comes down to the county to enforce the order.

Nationwide, the virus has killed more than 64,000 people.

This comes after a memo sent by the California Police Chiefs Association to California police chiefs across the state, obtained by CBS Los Angeles Wednesday, stated that all beaches and state parks in California would be closed, effective Friday.

"Specific issues on some of those beaches raised alarm bells", Newsom said in a press conference Thursday.

"Newsom has committed a grave abuse of his power that must be immediately addressed to avoid the future application of such abuses on the same or greater scale", states the emergency petition filed in Orange County Superior Court. "People are literally dying because of decisions that were done without a real frame of focus on public health first".

Almost 3,000 people protested in Huntington Beach on Friday, the city's police chief told the OC Register.

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