Universes continue to collide. In many universes, today is the last day that beaches are open in California. NPR published a story about this today (Calif. Governor Expected To Order Closure Of All Beaches And State Parks). The story was about a memo sent on Wednesday to the California Police Chiefs Association. The memo read:
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 [Thursday] that ALL beaches and all state parks in California will be closed, effective Friday, May 1st.
Also Today, NPR published another story – this time without ALL emphasize, and instead referencing only Orange County (Governor Temporarily Closes All Beaches And State Parks in Orange County, Calif.):
“We’re gonna do a hard close in that part of the state, just in the Orange County area. We’re working with the county,” the governor announced Thursday.
In Santa Cruz County, a new shelter-in-place order is in place starting May 1st. Regarding beaches, the new order is more specific:
What does the modified SIP order say about beaches?
- Beaches will be closed 11-5 but may be traversed during these hours for the purposes of water sports.
- Beach parkways will remain open for use during these hours, as will the water.
- Outside of these hours, beaches are only open for recreational activities to promote physical and mental health, such as walking, running, cycling and water sports.
- At no time will sitting, lying, standing, sunbathing, sightseeing, and other non-exercise activities be allowed at beaches. No umbrellas, shade structures, tents, barbeques and grills, coolers, beach chairs, or other conveyances for sitting or lying will be allowed on the beaches.
The differences in the new order are:
What is different in the April 30th Santa Cruz County order from the March 31ST order?
- All essential businesses will be required to follow minimum basic safety precautions, including physical distancing and face covering requirements, and post health and safety information (Appendix A).
- Allows non-emergent healthcare services in accordance with State directives and guidance, including elective surgeries and other services which may have been delayed. Healthcare facilities must comply with State guidance around Personal Protective Equipment and other measures.
- Permits construction in accordance with State directives and guidance, with proper physical distancing protocols (Appendix B).
- Permits real estate transactions in accordance with State directives and guidance.
- Permits individuals to move to a new residence; however, if moving into or out of Santa Cruz County, individuals are strongly encouraged to self-quarantine in their new residence for 14 days.
- Permits landscaping and gardening, tree trimming, and other outdoor services.
- Permits wholesale and retail nurseries, and other businesses that support outdoor services.
- Allows the use of golf courses and driving ranges with documented protocols that are outlined Appendix C of the revised order.
- Allows stable groups of 12 or fewer children for recreational or educational purposes. Such activities must be carried out in stable, “closed” groups of 12 of fewer, as described in the Order.
- Outdoor recreational areas and activities with high-touch equipment or that encourage gathering such as team sports, pools and playgrounds will not be permitted to return at this time.
- Adds those who manufacture, distribute, sell, rent, lease, repair or maintain vehicles and other transportation equipment as essential businesses, with social distancing requirements.
- Includes fabric and craft stores as an essential business for purposes of supplying materials to create face coverings and other personal protective equipment (PPE).