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California closing beaches May 1st / Florida opening beaches

One part of the U.S. is closing beaches and the southern parts are now re-opening. Coronavirus is a worldwide pandemic. How can one beach be more safe than the other? What are your thoughts on re-opening?

The California Police Chiefs Association told members in an email Wednesday that Gov. Gavin Newsom will announce Thursday that all beaches would be closed as of May 1 to prevent the kind of crowding seen over the weekend, when warm weather prompted thousands to flock to the Orange County coastline. State parks are also expected to be closed.

The email, which appeared to include a memo, was confirmed to NBC News by two law enforcement sources.

“After the well-publicized media coverage of over-crowded beaches this past weekend, in violation of Governor Newsom’s Shelter in Place Order, the Governor will be announcing tomorrow that ALL beaches and all state parks in California will be closed, effective Friday May 1st,” the police chiefs’ memo states.

It said the association wanted to give departments an opportunity to prepare for the closure.

Newsom said at a news conference Wednesday that “Clarity will come in a very short period of time” regarding beaches and parks.

Florida also grappled with crowded beaches after Gov. Ron DeSantis allowed local jurisdictions to decide which stretches of coast could be open to the public. Beaches in Florida reopened for certain essential activities consistent with social distancing such as walking, fishing, swimming, and surfing.

But practicing social distancing and hanging out in groups fewer than five are critical to stopping the spread of coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of Friday evening, there were more than 30,000 cases of COVID-19 in Florida and over 1,000 deaths, the Florida Department of Health reports.

Florida beaches are open during the COVID-19 pandemic, although some have restrictions. And attendance at the beach is a far cry from what it’d normally be this time of year. For that matter, we’re also sharing tips of what you can and can’t do if you go to the beach during the coronavirus pandemic.

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