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Southern California city votes to keep beaches open

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Posted at 8:04 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 01:18:06-04

Newport Beach has voted to keep its beaches open despite criticism by California’s governor that weekend crowds threatened efforts to slow the coronavirus.

The City Council voted Tuesday to reject a motion to close the beaches for the next three weekends, although the famous Wedge surfing spot is shut down.

The vote during a virtual meeting came after 80,000 people hit shores in the Orange County city last weekend when the first heat wave of the year sent temperatures soaring.

Lifeguards said most people appeared to be obeying social distancing rules by maintaining distance between groups.