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Gov. Gavin Newsom will order all beaches and state parks to close Friday to avoid a repeat of last weekend's "violation" of lockdown measures when the coast became "overcrowded," a police memo leaked to Fox News said Wednesday.⠀ ⠀ The big picture: California Police Chiefs Association president Eric Nuñez told AP the memo was sent for planning purposes ahead of Newsom's announcement Thursday. Newsom said earlier Wednesday he was working with local authorities on taking further action after Newport Beach City Council voted to keep its beaches open, per the Los Angeles Times. The novel coronavirus has killed 1,887 people in California and infected 46,500 others, per the latest state health figures.⠀ ⠀ —Axio
Sheriff Honsal 'Firmly Opposed' to Governor Newsom's Anticipated Closure of All State Beaches Today https://t.co/Ecnrflkkog— Lost Coast Outpost (@LCOutpost) April 30, 2020
Press release from the Humboldt County Joint Information Center:
Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal announced this morning firm opposition to an anticipated announcement by Governor Gavin Newsom that would close all beaches in California.
News of the closure leaked last night, prompting an immediate and pointed response from the Sheriff. “As Sheriff, I am the protector of constitutional rights in Humboldt County,” he said, “and if an order is issued that I believe violates our constitutional rights, I will not enforce it.”
The governor’s expected announcement is in response to crowds of people that converged on two Southern California beaches over the weekend. On Monday, Humboldt County was singled out by the governor for having abided by the order and using local beaches responsibly.
“The governor is a smart man,” Honsal said. “I hope he follows sound advice. It is not okay to punish Northern California for Southern California’s mistake, and I hope he hears that loud and clear.”
The governor’s speech is scheduled for noon today.
For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or during business hours by contacting email@example.com or calling 707-441-5000.
Newsom Closes Some California Beaches, Leaves the Bulk of Them Open; Local Officials Laud Announcement https://t.co/vbEXZj46zK— Lost Coast Outpost (@LCOutpost) April 30, 2020
Live video from socially distancing Huntington Beach... pic.twitter.com/gdIeGdUHWB— Jennifer Van Laar (@jenvanlaar) May 1, 2020
BREAKING: @GavinNewsom closing all beaches in ORANGE COUNTY ONLY.— Jeremy B. White (@JeremyBWhite) April 30, 2020
A move that's sure to face legal scrutiny -- and that could cause serious problems for Democrats in a long-conservative county where they've made serious inroads, flipping GOP seats they'll defend in November.
Wonder who’s in charge of Newsom’s emails pic.twitter.com/PxoNJ17hbc— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) April 30, 2020
Defiant city officials hold emergency meeting to consider suing Gov. Newsom over his order to close beaches https://t.co/Am8I6mSThV— TheBlaze (@theblaze) May 1, 2020
Great news: the Governor heard us. San Diego beaches WILL STAY OPEN under our plan approved by lifeguards and health officials. In a time of great crisis we don't need knee-jerk policies. We need to keep a steady hand. It’s the only way to keep the public’s trust. Keep it up, SD!— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) April 30, 2020
Stop the tyranny, too many liberal Governors are taking advantage of this pandemic. You can crap on the streets of California, but if you don't wear a mask while doing it you get a fine? It's a joke! put an end to this madness our future depends upon it! @realDonaldTrump— Vinny (@vpapa57) April 30, 2020
I was born and raised in California before I joined the military after 9/11. I have never seen tyranny in the United States to this extent. So sad and disappointing that they have taken it this far. Vote for change in #California #vote #californiabeaches https://t.co/XELGQDIANN— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) May 1, 2020