SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Small groups of people ignored closures and set down their towels and umbrellas on Orange County’s warm beaches on Sunday, defying stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus as pressure to reopen parts of California continues to build.
The crowds were sparse but offered proof that despite stepped-up patrols and warnings to stay away, some people were determined to get to the beach.
Meanwhile, two counties in Northern California will allow many businesses to reopen Monday as a direct challenge to Gov. Gavin Newsom's order.
He has acknowledged the growing economic anxiety and suggested the state could begin easing some rules this week.