You probably saw the pictures of over 40,000 people hitting up Newport Beach in California last weekend despite social distancing still being enforced and wondered just how stupid and selfish people could be as they had driven however many miles from Los Angeles or wherever to spend the day there.
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Thankfully, Governor Gavin Newsom has realised that harsher measures need to be in place to enforce social distancing and ordered all the beaches in Orange County closed this weekend. Unfortunately, this has led to a major backlash from beach cities in the affected area who are now threatening to sue the State Of California. Really productive.
Here’s what Huntington Beach Mayor Lyn Semeta said about the decision:
Governor Newsom’s mandate to close all beaches in Orange County today was a jarring decision that significantly impacts us here in Huntington Beach.
Given that Orange County has among the lowest per-capita COVID-19 death rates in California, the action by the State prioritizes politics over data, in direct contradiction of the Governor’s stated goal to allow science and facts to guide our response to this horrible global pandemic.
The town is already planning a protest for today, which will probably see a whole bunch of people turn out in a massive group and negate a lot of the work that the beach being closed would hope to achieve. Fantastic.
Huntington Beach already gearing up for protest tomorrow 5-1 pic.twitter.com/pHon2Fj9N6
— scott herson (@scottherson) April 30, 2020
Huntington Beach isn’t the only city that’s looking at taking this action with Dana Point already confirmed to be following a similar course and Newport Beach looking at their options right now. You really have to throw your hands up and despair at the people in power sometimes as it seems that they’re incapable of doing what’s best for the vast majority and are only looking at their own selfish needs. People are clearly going to die if 40,000 go to the beach every weekend you morons. Sort it out.
For more of the same, remember when £52 million worth of cocaine washed up on a beach in France? Those were the days.