BREAKING: Newsom to close all California Beaches and State Parks Effective May 1st

Bill Melugin of FoxLA tweeted Wednesday evening:

BREAKING: A source has provided me with this bulletin that will be sent out to all California police chiefs notifying them that tomorrow, Governor Newsom will announce the closure of ALL beaches and state parks effective May 1st in response to recent beach crowds in OC

ABC7 reports concerned after seeing thousands of people on Orange County beaches this weekend, Gov. Gavin Newsom is ordering the closure of all beaches in California, as well as all state parks, Eyewitness News has learned.

The order will be effective May 1.

A memo by the California Police Chiefs Association obtained by Eyewitness News outlines the decision, saying it was triggered “after the well-publicized media coverage of overcrowded beaches this past weekend.”

During this weekend’s Southern California heat wave, a number of beaches in Orange County were visibly crowded with thousands of people. The sight clearly disturbed the governor, who admonished beachgoers in a press conference on Monday.

He said such risky behavior could delay the state’s ability to reopen other activities as it tries to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“Those images are an example of what not to see, what not to do if we’re going to make the meaningful progress we’ve made the past couple of weeks,” Newsom said.