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As California Chafes Under Lockdown, Governor Targets the Beach

  • Newsom orders beaches in Orange County closed after crowds
  • Rural county and Elon Musk challenge lockdown orders
People walk on the beach in Huntington Beach, California on April 25.
People walk on the beach in Huntington Beach, California on April 25.Photographer: Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images

California Governor Gavin Newsom has taken the fight against the coronavirus to a place nearly sacred in his state -- the beach.

Newsom on Thursday ordered beaches closed in Orange County, south of Los Angeles, after a heatwave last weekend lured crowds of sunbathers there. He pointedly targeted just one coastal county, saying beaches elsewhere hadn’t seen the same numbers of people blatantly violating social distancing.