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Carlsbad Police break up large beach party amid COVID-19 ban on gatherings

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Posted at 7:29 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 22:36:35-04

CARLSBAD, Calif. (KGTV) — Police say they were tasked with breaking up a crowd of 50 to 100 beachgoers having a large party on Friday amid a ban on gatherings in the county due to the pandemic.

Carlsbad Police say the large crowd of mostly young people was having a large party and drinking near the Rue Des Chateaux beach access point on North Ocean St. at about 6 p.m.

Police said when they arrived, the crowd voluntarily dispersed and no fines were given.

A witness who sent ABC 10News a photo of the scene said it's not the first time this has happened. The witness said that large gatherings and parties in their neighborhood and at the beach have become a daily occurrence.

The county's public health order bans gatherings of any size involving individuals who are not from the same household.