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Gov. Newsom set to close California beaches again

Wild weather takes Santa Barbara beachgoers by surprise
Posted at 9:36 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 09:01:56-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGTV) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom is set to announce the closure of all California beaches and state parks beginning Friday, May 1, KABC reports.

A memo from the California Police Chiefs Association says the decision was based on "well-publicized media coverage of overcrowded beaches this past weekend, in violation of Governor Newsom's Shelter in Place Order."

Newsom admonished beachgoers in Orange County for overcrowding during a Monday news conference.

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The decision comes just after Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced the reopening of San Diego City beaches for exercise beginning Monday.

The City of Del Mar was scheduled to reopen its beaches on Thursday, but has since canceled that move in anticipation of Newsom's announcement.

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Read the full memo below:

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