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California, Apr 30 (Canadian-Media): After tens of thousands of people flocked to the seashore last weekend during a heat wave despite his stay-at-home order, California Governor Gavin Newsom's plans to close all beaches and state parks from May 1 by to curb the spread of the coronavirus, according to a memo sent Wednesday evening to police chiefs around the state, media reports said.
Gavin Newsom. Image credit: Facebook page
Eric Nunez, president of the California Police Chiefs Association, said it was sent to give chiefs time to plan ahead of Newsom's expected announcement Thursday.
Although approximately 80,000 people visited Newport Beach, lifeguards said most people exercised social distancing.
Also pressure is building by California people to ease restrictions and slowly reopen the state as virus hospitalizations had been virtually flat for several weeks.