Southern California beaches are packed with people in the midst of the coronavirus


Jasmine Wongphatarakul, Staff Writer

   On the week of April 26, Southern California beaches were packed with people ignoring the state’s stay-at-home order.

   Ventura and Orange County beaches were opened to the public; however, Los Angeles and San Diego County beaches stayed closed.

   According to CNN, about 90,000 people came to Newport Beach. With closed parking lots to reduce crowds, all beachgoers had to follow numerous social distancing rules and restrictions. In Ventura County, people were restricted from settling on the sand, but were able to walk along the beach and pier. Beachgoers in Orange County could participate in beach activities while maintaining social distancing. 

   Lifeguards patrolling the beaches reported that most people followed the rules. However, due to the images of crowded beaches, California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all Orange County beaches to close on Apr. 30 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

   On May 1, about 2,500 to 3,000 people gathered at Huntington Beach to protest the beach closures. Most of the people didn’t protect themselves by wearing masks, as stated by CNN. Adding to the tension, some Southern California cities are opposing the governor’s order and are planning to take legal action. 

   In San Diego, where they are starting to reopen with limits, a natural phenomenon occurred on April 29 that people rushed to the beaches to experience. The bioluminescent waves created by phytoplankton could be seen from the shoreline. As reported by The Guardian, most viewers arrived after sunset to capture the glowing scene.

   It is important to remain home during this difficult time, but if you do go out, make sure to maintain social distancing and wear a mask. Stay safe, Wildcats!