Crowds descended on California beaches, hiking trails and parks over the weekend in open defiance of a state order to shelter in place and avoid close contact with others.
Instead, many public spaces were packed, prompting officials in some cities to order parks, recreation areas and beaches to close.
Video and photos on social media showed groups of people standing in close contact of one another at popular hiking trails and beaches in Los Angeles over the weekend. Health officials urge people to maintain a distance of 6 feet from one another to prevent transmission of the highly contagious virus.
This weekend we saw too many people packing beaches, trails and parks. So we are closing sports and recreation at @LACityParks and closing parking at city beaches. That doesn’t mean gather elsewhere. This is serious. Stay home and save lives.— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) March 23, 2020
To be clear, the Governor and City’s order does allow people to go for a walk or visit a park or beach. However, you must still use social distancing. You can’t play team sports, and you must stay 6 feet apart from anyone else.— Mayor Robert Garcia (@LongBeachMayor) March 22, 2020
Beaches closed and boating banned in Florida
While Lake Boca Raton has always served as a social gathering spot for many boaters, and will again, now is not the time for parties and tie ups on the water. Please be patient, and do your part, so we can all get through this together.— City of Boca Raton (@CityBocaRaton) March 22, 2020