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Gavin Newsom may issue an order to close all California beaches and state parks.

Gov. Gavin Newsom will order all beaches and state parks to close Friday to avoid a repeat of last weekend's "violation" of lockdown measures when the coast became "overcrowded,"

A California Police Chiefs Association memo sent Wednesday informed its members that Gov. Gavin Newsom will order all California beaches and state parks to close, effective Friday, May 1.

"Our Executive Committee had a call with Mark Pazin, chief of the Law Enforcement Division of Cal OES today. Joining us on the call were CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley and representatives from California State Parks. After the well-publicized media coverage of overcrowded beaches this past weekend, in violation of Governor Newsom's Shelter in Place Order, the Governor will be announcing tomorrow that ALL beaches and all state parks in California will be closed, effective Friday, May 1st. We wanted to give all of our members a heads up about this in order to provide time for you to plan for any situations you might expect as a result, knowing each community has its own dynamics. The League of Cities and CSAC leadership have also been informed. State Parks personnel will be out in to help support local efforts as well. Our legal counsel, Jim Touchstone, sent out a Legal Alert about the Governor’s order a few weeks back that outlined the Government and Health and Safety codes that apply to law enforcement’s ability to enforce and site those who try and defy the orders. It is attached for your reference."

"Those images," Newsom said in a press conference Monday, "are an example of what not to see, people, what not to do if we're going to make meaningful progress."

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