"Closing beaches in areas where people weren't following social distancing is a more appropriate response than a statewide closure".
The beaches are expansive, he argued. But a lot of them wore no masks and didn't practice social distancing.
Newsom deferred questions about enforcing the state's social distancing guidelines at the Capitol protest to the California Highway Patrol, and thanked the demonstrators for expressing themselves.
In Humboldt County, also near the OR border, Sheriff William Honsal indicated he wouldn't enforce Newsom's order to close beaches and state parks.
Newsom said he hoped it would be "a very short-term adjustment", although the directive had no termination date.
In sparsely populated Modoc County, also near OR, schools, hair salons, churches, restaurants, the county's only movie theatre and other business will reopen Friday as long as people stay six feet apart, said Ned Coe, a cattle rancher and county supervisor.
Maintaining physical distance is easier in the county of 9,600 residents, located in a 4,200-square-mile corner of northeast California that borders OR and Nevada. Orange County Supervisor Donald Wagner, said that the open spaces were essential for the public's health and wellbeing.
The end of California's stay-at-home order and re-opening the highest-risk. Trails and parks will be open for hiking, biking and horseback riding as long as visitors wear masks.
However, Newport Beach City Councilman Jeff Herdman, who represents Balboa Island, said there were large crowds on the beaches this past weekend.
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It followed a weekend where tens of thousands of the landlocked and homebound hit the sands south of Los Angeles County, where beaches have been closed for weeks.
Such guidelines, both Ward and interim City Manager Robert Dunek noted, are likely to similarly mirror the active-use restrictions the city recently imposed at San Clemente's beaches this past weekend.
"We're going to have a temporary pause on the beaches [in Orange County]", he said.
"We're gonna do a hard close in that part of the state, just in the Orange County area", Newsom said.
To evaluate when to move on from stage to stage, California officials will monitor several factors, including expanded testing, protections for those most susceptible to COVID-19 (the elderly and the immuno-compromised), hospital capacity, development of treatment options, and continued observance of "social distancing".
"We are all trying to stay safe as possible", said Gates.
"This virus doesn't take the weekends off, this virus doesn't go home because it's a lovely sunny day around our coasts", he said Monday.
As of Thursday, California had 46,500 confirmed cases and 1,887 deaths from coronavirus.
"We remain steadfastly committed to following your executive orders, but actions that appear punitive when our residents have been faithful and fully compliant make this challenging", Cox wrote.
However, a senior administration official who was not authorized to publicly discuss internal deliberations told The Associated Press that Newsom's final decision wasn't made until Thursday morning.