California Coronavirus Update: Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Agreement For Huntington Beach, Dana Point To Reopen

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Huntington Beach on Saturday, May 2. ETIENNE LAURENT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

After protests and lawsuits, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that Huntington Beach, Dana Point and Seal Beach are set to reopen.

The governor had ordered the closure of all Orange County beaches on Friday. That sparked lawsuits from Huntington Beach and Dana Point. Protests also broke out in Huntington.

On Monday, beaches in San Clemente and Laguna Beach were allowed to reopen after those locales reached agreements with state officials on “protocols and procedures” to open up safely.

“Just a few hours ago we were able to make a similar commitment,” said the governor on Tuesday, “with Huntington Beach, Dana Point and Seal Beach. So those are opening back up as well.”

Newsom expressed “real gratitude for their local elected officials that worked so closely with our team over the weekend.” He called it “the spirit of collaboration, cooperation that’s needed to move forward.”

As for the other O.C. beaches that remain closed, including Newport, the governor said the state is working with the Orange County Board of Supervisors and hopes to make an announcement there soon.

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