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Coronavirus: Newport Beach Could Close Beaches For Next 3 Weekends After Seeing Big Crowds

NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) — Hot weather drew July Fourth-like crowds to Newport Beach this weekend, and city officials are now considering temporarily closing its beaches again to prevent a coronavirus outbreak.

Orange County Beaches In Southern California Remain Open During Coronavirus Lockdown
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 25: People are seen gathering on the beach north of Newport Beach Pier on April 25, 2020 in Newport Beach, California. Southern California is expecting summer like weather this weekend as social distancing and beach closures in neighboring counties continue due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)

Newport Beach city leaders will hold a special meeting Tuesday to consider shutting down its beaches for the next three weekends after tens of thousands of people flocked to the coast to enjoy the balmy, sunny weather.

In contrast, beaches in Los Angeles County from Malibu to the South Bay were empty despite the first hot weekend of the year.

Most beaches in Orange County remain open during the coronavirus pandemic. In Huntington Beach, police tweeted that most people observed social distancing guidelines.

Lifeguards across Orange County's beaches were vigilant, reminding beachgoers to keep moving or to maintain a distance of 6 feet from other people, but some citations were issued for people who refused to move.

A petition demanding the Orange County Board of Supervisors shut down beaches has more than 500 signatures.

Further south, protesters demanded their beaches reopen. San Diego County beaches will reopen Monday to surfers and swimmers, but no one will be allowed to sit on the sand and sunbathe.


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