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Crowds Pack California Beaches Despite Shelter-in-Place Order

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 21: People exercise on Santa Monica beach in front of the shuttered Santa Monica Pier on March 21, 2020 in Venice, California. California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a ‘stay at home’ order for California’s 40 million residents in order to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Californians may still go to the beach without violating Newsom’s order as long as they maintain social distancing and adhere to other public health measures related to the coronavirus. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The entire state of California is under a shelter-in-place order due to the coronavirus outbreak, but people are still allowed outside for exercise or a stroll on the beach–provided they practice social distancing. But thousands of Californians swarmed parks beaches in the southern part of the state this past weekend, prompting Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garrett to close off parking at city beaches, as well as sports and recreation at L.A. parks.

“This weekend, we saw too many people packing beaches, trails and parks,” he tweeted on Sunday.

“This is serious. Stay home and save lives.” Santa Monica also closed beach parking, while popular beach spots in Florida resorted to similar measures to discourage large crowds on the sand.


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