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Police: California beachgoers mostly keeping social distance

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Posted at 7:31 PM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 22:31:50-04

A week after Californians weary of stay-at-home orders packed beaches, authorities are pleading for weekend visitors to follow social distancing rules.

Lifeguards and police are out in force Saturday even in cities that are battling Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order that singled out Orange County beaches for closure.

Police and lifeguards in Huntington Beach and San Diego said people were mostly cooperating with social distancing protocols, understanding they could lose their privileges if they don't.

Beaches are just the latest focus for frustrations over Newsom's month-and-a-half-old order requiring nearly 40 million residents to remain mostly indoors.