Large crowds opposing the state’s stay-at-home mandate and closures of Orange country beaches took to the streets of downtown Huntington Beach Friday.
On Thursday night, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all Orange Country beaches to be closed after 40,000 people overcrowded Newport beach over the weekend.
The images we saw on a few of our beaches were disturbing,” Newsom said Thursday, later mentioning Orange County specifically while praising Los Angeles and San Diego counties for keeping their coastlines clear.
“We’re gonna do a hard close in that part of the state, just in the Orange County area,” Newsom said.
According to FOX LA,a large crowd of nearly 700 protesters showed up to Huntington Beach on Friday to protest Newsom’s orders and it didn’t appear that they were practicing much social distancing.
Via FOX LA
A large crowd that failed to display social distancing gathered in Huntington Beach Friday afternoon in opposition to multiple restrictions that have been implemented by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
About 700 protesters, many of them without face coverings, milled around Huntington Beach downtown near the pier. Police on horseback kept them out of the streets.