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Some Californians Are Defying ‘Stay At Home’ Order With Beach Drinking Games As Death Toll Soars


Some Californians Are Defying ‘Stay At Home’ Order With Beach Drinking Games As Death Toll Soars

As the U.S. coronavirus death toll soared to 377 on Saturday afternoon, NBC Los Angeles used its news helicopter to see how many residents were complying with California’s “stay at home” order.

The footage showed dozens of people playing basketball at Venice Beach, while others played a “drinking game” at Manhatten Beach.

People were also out at Newport Beach and Huntington Beach in Orange County.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday urged Californians to abide by his statewide order to stay at home and, if they choose to venture outside for necessities or recreation, to keep a safe distance from others to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Newsom stressed that even those who don’t show any symptoms of COVID-19, including young adults who appear to be less likely to become gravely ill if they do contract it, need to cooperate for the good of others in their communities.

“Be a good neighbor. Be a good citizen. Those young people that are still out there on the beaches thinking this is a party time — grow up,” Newsom said during a news conference on Facebook and Twitter on Saturday afternoon. “It’s time to wake up, time to recognize it’s not just about the old folks. It’s about your impact on their lives. Don’t be selfish, recognize you have a responsibility to meet this moment.”

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday tweeted out a photo of people congregating on the coast, imploring residents to stay home.

“We understand the communities frustrations with the LARGE amount of people traveling to the Coast today and NOT practicing social distancing. We are working with the Public Health Officers to address the issue. Please stay at home!” the Sheriff’s Office said.


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