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2 California counties set to reopen despite stay-home order

Virus Outbreak California
Posted at 10:11 AM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 13:11:44-04

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.