California Governor Gavin Newsom threatened at his daily briefing Monday to beef up enforcement of Coronavirus lockdown restrictions after thousands of people flocked to Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Doheny State Beach and San Clemente beaches amid a summer-like heatwave over the weekend.
After scolding beachgoers who were desperate to escape the heat, Newsom threatened to keep the state closed much longer.
“I don’t want to be punitive,” Newsom said. “They just want to take a rest on the beach and all of a sudden they get a citation – I don’t want to see that. But if there are people thumbing their nose and taking a risk… I think we may have to do a little bit more.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti offered cooling centers for the weekend, while ordering Southern California residents to stay home and off the beaches.
“While many laid out towels and found space on the sand that was spread out, others carried on like it was a regular summer day at the beach,” the Orange County Register reported. “Few people wore masks while sprawled out on the sand.”
Arrest those criminals! How dare they!
Yet, the USC and Stanford studies published recently show that the death rate from the virus is likely to be as low as 0.18% of COVID-19 patients.
What about following the science Mr. Governor?
Officials in Huntington Beach said people who gathered on beaches there over the weekend were complying with social distancing on their own or did so after being approached about the need to spread out, the Orange County Register reported.
It appears only public health officers, mayors and the governor want Californians to stay home. Everyone else is ready to get on with life and go back to work.
“Dr. Nichole Quick, the county’s public health officer, said she expects all residents in Orange County to listen to the governor’s order of physically distancing outside of the home. The county has closed off parking lots and other access point to discourage visitors, which Kim said there are no plans right now to change,” the Orange County Register reported. “We are encouraging people to recreate in their residential areas,” Quick said. “If you need a car to get to the place you’re recreating, you’re going too far.”