Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

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Leadbetter Beach packed with people on April 25, 2020 (Photo: Baron Erik Spafford / edhat)

Update by edhat staff
April 30, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom announced only the beaches in Orange County will close due to the COVID-19 pandemic during a press conference Thursday afternoon.

Newsom stated the decision to make a hard closure of Orange County beaches was largely due to photos and reports of crowds throughout the county last weekend.

Santa Barbara County beaches are expected to remain open this weekend as officials continue to urge people to socially distance and not to congregate in crowds.

Newsom clarified the memo by the California Police Chief's Association was not written by the Governor's office and he never stated all California beaches were to be closed. He continued by saying he's a beach advocate and has worked to keep all the beaches open, even giving a shout out to signing a bill to open Hollister Ranch beach in Gaviota.

While Newsom praised other counties for their concerted efforts to distance at the beach, he stated this effort is a targeted approach to address concerns in specific communities.

"We’re going to have a temporary pause on the beaches [in Orange County]," he said. "If we can get some framework and guidelines to get this right, we can open very quickly. We got to make sure we get this right." 

Governor Expected to Close California Beaches

By edhat staff
April 29, 2020

Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to close all California beaches and state parks starting Friday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The news was leaked from a memo written by the California Police Chief's Association to all law enforcement agencies giving them time to prepare for the order.

"We wanted to give all of our members a heads up about this in order to provide time for you to plan for any situations you might expect as a result, knowing each community has its own dynamics,” the memo states.

The closure is expected to be in response to numerous reports, videos, and photos depicting hundreds and sometimes thousands of people on California beaches this past weekend. 

Images from Orange and Ventura counties were shown throughout the state of crowded beaches. Newsom commented on such images earlier this week, warning these acts could delay re-opening the state.

“This virus doesn’t take the weekends off. This virus doesn’t go home. We have to manage and augment our behavior,” he said. “The only thing that will set us back is people stopping practicing physical distancing.”

Edhat readers shared photos of people on Leadbetter Beach while other reports stated an overflow at Hendry's Beach. 

Santa Barbara County Supervisor Gregg Hart made it clear in past press conferences that the county will follow the Governor's orders. 

Newsom is expected to officially make the beach and park closure announcement on Thursday.

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sacjon Apr 30, 2020 09:50 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

Thanks jerks! Your beaches were closed, so you came to ours and ruined it for us, like I've been warning about for weeks. THIS could be the tipping point for me in this whole thing. I still plan on walking the beach, come and get me.

Xantus Apr 30, 2020 10:03 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

you honestly think the crowding on our beaches was from.. out of town? LA? -- -- people went to the beach.. IN LA. it's not like everyone who lives in SB... has a license plate from SB.. buying cars from ventura and LA is common..

Xantus Apr 30, 2020 10:33 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

even LA county supervisors are chiming in. == == "Orange County citizens have been cooperative with California state and county restrictions thus far. I fear that this overreaction from the state will undermine that cooperative attitude and our collective efforts to fight the disease, based on the best available medical information.”

PitMix Apr 30, 2020 10:41 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

Xant, google LA Times articles on this with interviews from people that came to our beaches. Also check out the hotel room occupancy rates that went up this last weekend. Sorry to bring facts into this.

SBsurferlife Apr 30, 2020 10:02 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

Wow, the ignorance. How hard is it to stay home? He's closing the beaches in the first place because you idiots refuse to wear a mask and stay away from one another. Storm the beaches, protest, go for it, and watch all of us suffer longer as the shut down is extended.

Chip of SB Apr 30, 2020 10:05 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

The government was created to serve us, not to punish us. We are citizens, not subjects. The shut down will be extended until we the people decide to end it.

SBsurferlife Apr 30, 2020 10:08 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

@Chip, read the reports from the Spanish Flu about numerous cities ignoring doctors orders and easing restrictions too soon only to bring a larger wave of illness and death. Funny how people suddenly think they're scientists and know what's best for all.

sacjon Apr 30, 2020 10:09 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

SBSURFER - it's not about "staying home," we (most of us at least) were able to go to the beach and enjoy the water and sun responsibly and at a distance from others. There was was NEVER a stay indoors order, now there is. The beaches are wide open spaces, the easiest places on earth to spread out and all enjoy. This is wrong. If people are too close, give them a ticket! This is lazy! Get the cops out there ticketing, don't just be lazy and close and cancel everything!

ginger1 Apr 30, 2020 11:41 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

1. The "Spanish Flu" was over a hundred years ago. Not a good reference point. Health care was a little different then. 2. You think the politicians know what's best for us? You really don't want to go there.

ChemicalSuperFreak Apr 30, 2020 11:50 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

SACJON: I kind of agree about beaches being wide open spaces. I'm curious if the wind and sea spray (aerosol) would really carry the virus a lot further than would be expected in some other wide open spaces? Seems to me we have a conundrum here.

ginger1 Apr 30, 2020 10:12 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

Nextdoor removes post that have to do with this, or anything that runs contrary to what the government is ordering. Does that remind you of anything? Thank you to EdHat for allowing discussion. MY point: Why not give people a choice to be responsible instead of punishing them in advance? There are plenty of beaches where people can be distant. When it reaches a level of use where that is an issue, then limit access to the beach to avoid being crowded. That’s a reasonable choice. A smart choice.

This should not be a statewide mandate. Every beach in every community is not a problem. The correct science-based and not emotional response is to manage each beach in each community if and as needed. People need to be out in the fresh air with friends and family. We need that to survive. We don’t need micromanagement how to use the beach. We don’t need rules that say we can run on the beach but not stroll or it’s okay to also stroll but not sit down, or maybe a chair is allowed if you have a disability, but no blanket. Except between 8am and 10am. Wait, that time reserved for runners. Water sports are okay but you can be arrested if you bring a volleyball. That’s for 2pm-4pm. Seriously, there *are* beaches with posted rules like that. Do you really want that here?

The politicians are making decisions that are not based on rational medical science. They are guessing. Trying to do what’s best for us but remember: they are guessing. And they keep changing their guesses. Does that work for you? Are you going to “just go along with it for now?” Anyone read or watch Handmaid’s Tale, or remember what happened to human rights when citizens listed to crazy politicians?

sacjon Apr 30, 2020 10:19 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

GINGER - you had me until the Handmaid's analogy. Nope, not like that, since this is only temporary, but I agree with the rest. There's no reason the park rangers, cops, lifeguards, etc can't be out there telling people to keep distance or get a ticket. Now, we have a lazy, sweeping rule. What gets me is at the same time we're supposed to be EASING restrictions, we're shutting down all beaches and parks and requiring everyone to wear a mask! Pick a side!

therealbebe Apr 30, 2020 12:34 PM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

I am worried that the changes that start out "temporary" become permanent. I truly feel that the envelope is getting pushed farther and longer, until these are all the new normal. Changes to the core nature of our republic ala Handmaid's Tale do not happen overnight, but rather over a period of time until it is unrecognizable. By then, the indoctrination of the majority has been successful. I have NO problem at all wearing masks and maintaining a heightened level of distancing, limiting capacities in restaurants, etc. but these vast and generalized orders are OUT OF HAND. PS how on earth does anyone expect humans to reach herd immunity (or maintain their immune systems at all) like this?

Shasta Guy Apr 30, 2020 10:18 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

Our beaches will become our Berlin Wall moment. Ordinary people will go to the beach to protest the gov’t the way the East Berliners stood on that wall in the 80s. It’s only a question of how much force Newsom will use to drag people off the beach.

LCP112233 Apr 30, 2020 10:23 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

Indeed. This is going to turn into a social distancing problem due to his heavy handed approach. As it is, social distancing is enforced by rangers. Now it's going to become a free for all protest. Stupidity at its finest.

PitMix Apr 30, 2020 10:36 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

Most people will follow this directive. The small number that don't will probably be able to be socially distant if they are not ticketed. Once again, the responsible people will have to do more than the irresponsible ones. But that is how the world works, not just during this time.

Xantus Apr 30, 2020 10:36 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

"it's only a question of how much force"..... indeed... -- -- what actual threat can you make here that does not result in totally asinine behaviour on all sides?

SantaBarbaraObserver Apr 30, 2020 10:40 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

Oh come one. Get over yourself. Comparing this to a war, especially one as long and horrific as WW2 is just plain ridiculous. As if you're actually suffering... Seriously, you cant stay home for a few months? You actually think your plight equals that of interned political prisoners held in a police state for decades? Such a snowflake, such a whiner. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- OK Guy, If it is a war, than act like a patriot and do it for your country. Be a good American, be a true patriot and stay home for your country. Our nation's survival is more important than your short term comfort.

Coolio Apr 30, 2020 10:21 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

Voluntary compliance with social distancing at beaches and parks was a bit of a joke from the start and was doomed for failure. The only way you get people to follow rules is by making law and enforcing it.

SBRoses Apr 30, 2020 01:28 PM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

No result yet. They said 48 hours. We'll see. I'm betting 9999 to 1 it was negative. Besides entertainment value, the main reason I decided to get tested was I contracted an ILI in Hawaii. I reviewed local dept. of health data for the week following my visit and there was a doubling of people seeking care for ILI - out of step with the local and national averages for that year and for all time - and yet 83% tested negative for flu. During the other spikes in flu season when the same number of people were seeking care (a high number), avg. influenza positive tests were coming in at 40-50%. So whatever I got was definitely odd, but likely not COVID based on the tracking I've been doing of Hawaii antibody tests coming back now. I will update.

Chip of SB Apr 30, 2020 10:22 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

I would encourage everyone here to let the governor know what they think. Perhaps if enough of us reach out now we can stop this insanity before it starts. Contact Governor Newson:

giftedinSB Apr 30, 2020 10:33 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

I am not surprised by this at all. I went to Mesa Lane beach on Saturday afternoon, and there probably had to be around 5,000 people there. A Coast Guard helicopter did a flyover while we were there to get a lay of the land. I had this sinking feeling that with as many beachgoers as they saw, they'd report it to city and/or state officials and the beaches would be closed. Sigh...

ginger1 Apr 30, 2020 11:48 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

Stop making stuff up. I was there and counted, actually counted about 150 people. That's about twice "normal". And yes, it was too crowded and I walked back to Hendry's. You cant possibly fit 5,000 people in a space 100 yards by 10 yards. That's silly.

giftedinSB Apr 30, 2020 12:05 PM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

Wow, you're rude. I walked down the Mesa Lane Steps - is that not Mesa Lane Beach? You must have gone at a different time than I was there, because there were considerably more than 150 people. Just relax - no need to get snippy over an innocuous comment.

Xantus Apr 30, 2020 03:26 PM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

instead of wild speculation, here's some actual stats. Newport beach saw.. 90,000 beachgoers over last weekend. -- -- and yet, after that weekend... Newport Beach then proceeded to VOTE to keep beaches OPEN. /gasp.

NostraChumash Apr 30, 2020 10:41 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

Sacjon & Sbsurfer are correct in that SB & other adults, have brought this upon the community by not following the governors order in the 1st place.
Now, live with the decisions you have made.

a-1588278446 Apr 30, 2020 01:27 PM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

NostraChumash, it's more accurate to state that the decisions people made to vote for Newsom, Becerra, Padilla, Limon, Waters, Carbajal, Schiff, Pelosi, Harris, et al is what brought this on, not "SB and other adults."

a-1588279224 Apr 30, 2020 01:40 PM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

1:27 - I hate to break it to you, but Republican governors are also closing things down. Blaming the voters for this move is about as effective as blaming the parents of the politicians for having kids. The rules were put in place, whether you liked them or not, and the selfish, me-first folks went out and ignored them and wrecked it for all of us.

Chip of SB Apr 30, 2020 10:44 AM
Governor Newsom Only Closes Orange County Beaches

Newsom ought to be reminded of this: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, DERIVING THEIR JUST POWERS FROM THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. "


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