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California governor may close state beaches and parks soon, reports say

A new police memo suggests beaches and parks may close

In this Saturday, April 25, 2020, file photo, people gather on the beach in Pismo Beach, Calif., on the state’s Central Coast. (Laura Dickinson/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo) via AP, File)
In this Saturday, April 25, 2020, file photo, people gather on the beach in Pismo Beach, Calif., on the state’s Central Coast.
Laura Dickinson, The Tribune via Associated Press

California Gov. Gavin Newsom will likely order the closure of state parks and beaches beginning Friday, CNN reports.

What’s the news:

  • A senior law enforcement official sent a memo that suggested the parks and beaches would be closing, according to CNN.
  • The memo said: “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 suggested California will announce closures Thursday. State parks officials will work to help close down sites across the state.
  • Why the shutdown? According to CNN, the memo said thousands of people have crowded beaches in Southern California. The state is worried that packed beaches will lead to the spread of the coronavirus.

Other plans for California

  • On Tuesday, Newsom revealed four phases for California’s reopening of the economy after stay-at-home orders end, NBC News reports. He said it will likely take weeks for people to be allowed back at businesses.
  • Large crowds flooded Newport Beach and Huntington Beach after they were briefly reopened, according to NBC News.
  • Newsom said: “This virus doesn’t take the weekends off. This virus doesn’t go home because it’s a beautiful sunny day around our coasts.”