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Beach Protests Continue as Gov. Newsom Orders Them Closed in Orange County

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Posted: May 04, 2020 4:45 PM

Orange County, Calif. — City residents along the ocean protested throughout the weekend following California Gov. Gavin Newsom's (D) order to close down beaches in Orange County after a large showing of people going out and enjoying the ever-increasing warm weather.

Newsom ordered the closures because government officials are concerned people congregating will undo the weeks of lockdowns to slow the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. Citizens have pushed back on the worry, saying they can maintain social distancing while on the beach, pointing to how COVID-19 does not survive long out in open hot climates.

Protests broke out on Friday and continued to occur on Saturday and Sunday, with the largest occurring in Huntington Beach on Friday.

On Saturday, protesters in Laguna Beach showed their ire toward Newsom for singling out Orange County. One person rented out a U-Haul truck and posted a large banner comparing Newsom to German dictator Adolf Hitler.

Sunday saw fewer, but still just as agitated, protesters in Huntington Beach. Signs held by the wannabe-beach goers read, "Shut down the shutdown" and "Not about Trump — It's about Nazi Newsom and the U.S. Constitution."

Townhall Media/Julio Rosas

Townhall Media/Julio Rosas

Police were using helicopters and loudspeakers to tell people on the beach they were violating the state order.

To ensure people were complying with Newsom's order, police officers blocked the beach's parking lots and set up traffic cones in parking spots near the beach.

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The story was slightly different in nearby Newport Beach. While there were signs informing residents the beach was closed, people simply ignored it and went on to enjoy the sun. Police and lifeguards still had to ask people to leave, around 4,500 on Sunday, but some still stayed, according to The OC Register.

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