Coronavirus in California

Gavin Newsom speaking at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention in San Francisco, California.

Gage Skidmore

Gavin Newsom speaking at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention in San Francisco, California.

Logan Wilkov, Staff Writer

Hundreds gathered in Huntington Beach between the Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street to protest the closure of beaches to prevent the spread of the disease. Many chanted songs and held signs that boldly stated, “All jobs are essential,” “Don’t take our freedom,” and “No virus can cancel the constitution.” Majority of the protesters declined to wear any protection or maintain the state’s recommendation of social distancing, six feet apart from others.

Governor Gavin Newsom of California closed all Orange County beaches last Thursday due to the overpopulation on the beaches last weekend. Newsom stated that the, “only thing that is assured to advance the spread of the virus is thousands of people congregating together, not practicing social distancing or physical distancing.”

California quickly closed all businesses and immediately implemented a stay at home order which has proven by numbers to help the state, “get to the other side of this with modifications a lot quicker,” said Newsom. 

Many are protesting to open businesses back up and release the stay at home order. But health officials have said that the order has slowed the spread of the virus and prevented many California hospitals from being over packed. They also mentioned that opening many stores may possibly increase the number of infected and push the state further back from reopening.

A survey from Politico/Morning Consult revealed that 10 percent of people wanted the stay at home order and social distancing to come to an end. While on the other hand, an Associated Press poll showed that most Americans felt as though that order was working and helpful for the defeat of the virus.