California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a shelter in place order directing the state's nearly 40 million residents to stay home beginning March 20 to help stop the spread of coronavirus but crowds ignored it descending on the beaches.
So officials in some cities were forced to order beaches and other recreation areas to close. Health officials urge people to maintain a distance of 6 feet from one another to prevent transmission of the highly contagious virus. „This is serious. Stay home and save lives," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Twitter late Sunday. The city of Malibu issued additional guidance urging residents to maintain a safe distance if they were heading outside for a hike or to go to the beach. "We need the public to take self responsibility and remember that our doctors, nurses and medical personnel are counting on us," Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said.
People ingoring warning, on beach in California
Banning beaches and boating was also forced in Florida. "We are in a state of emergency, and I cannot stress enough the need for personal responsibility," Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez warned. On Friday, several beaches in the state closed to the public and hotels in Miami-Dade County were ordered to vacate by Monday night. Parks from coast to coast were closed by local authorities.