FREEDOM: Thousands of Californians Swarm Beaches Despite Stay-at-Home Orders

Large crowds of Californians could be seen swarming the state’s beaches over the weekend, suggesting the state’s residents are starting to wear of the state’s stay-at-home order even as the casualties of the coronavirus pandemic reach new heights in the western state.

Photos of beaches near Huntington Beach showed crowds enjoying the warm weather without much consideration for ‘social distancing,’ congregating in flocks with far less than six feet in between each other.

Governor Gavin Newsom implored the residents of his state to continue practicing social distancing and to stay at home, recognizing in part that Californians have had enough of the disruptions to everyday life and are itching to get outside.

California’s casualties from the coronavirus epidemic, while significant, lag well behind the hardest-hit and densely populated states of New York and New Jersey. The state incurred 115 fatalities to the virus from Wednesday to Thursday, although figures from state public health officials suggest that the curve is flattening in the country’s most populous state.

Policy makers need to be serious and sober-minded about the degree of cooperation they can expect to receive from the public in the historically unprecedented medical pandemic. If the state of California wants its population to practice responsible social distancing, it must accept that the public will leave their homes and participate in everyday events such as sporting and swimming.

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