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‘Expect MASSIVE protests’? Gavin Newsom catches heat ahead of expected beach closures in California

Apr 30, 2020 01:51PM ● By Paul Spear

They had their chance, and they blew it.

That appears to be the stance of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is about to issue an order to close all state beaches starting Friday, according to a memo cited by CNN.

“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 widely circulated memo said, blaming an overcrowding of beaches last weekend.

Here’s the full memo:

Newport Beach in Orange County, where temperatures were on the rise, reportedly saw some 90,000 beach visitors over the two-day period despite the state’s stay-at-home orders.

The announcement from Newsom shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering what he had to say about the situation at a press conference earlier in the week. “Those images are an example of what not to see, people, what not to do if we’re going to make the meaningful progress that we’ve made in the last few weeks extend into the next number of weeks,” Newsom said on Monday. “This virus doesn’t take the weekends off.”

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