Contrary to a leaked memo that was widely reported Wednesday evening, Governor Gavin Newsom said in his Thursday afternoon news conference that he does not plan to close all state beaches and parks.
The Governor said he is ordering only the beaches in Orange County to close, effective Friday. All other state parks and beaches that are currently open will remain open.
“We’re gonna do a hard close in that part of the state - just in the Orange County area,” said Newsom. The closures come after large crowds gathered at the coast in Newport Beach over the weekend.
News reports circulated that the Governor planned to close beaches and parks statewide, based on a memo from the Police Chiefs Association advising members to prepare for coming closures. It was first reported on by a local Fox News station in Los Angeles.
“We are many different parts, this state. And I recognize the nuances and the diversity in this state," the Governor said. "We do not adopt a one-size-fits all, but there are basic foundational principles."
Those principles include the current statewide safer-at-home order.
Newsom says for the most part, California residents have been following the statewide mandates so there is no reason at this point to close beaches and parks statewide.
As for the leaked memo, Newsom clarified, “that was their memo, but that memo never got to me.”