Despite Governor Gavin Newsom ordering all state and local beaches in Orange County to close last week, residents took to the beaches in cities like Newport Beach and San Clemente to protest the beach closures and continuing stay-at-home order from state officials. The Orange County Register reports that, in total, about 4,500 people were at beaches from the Santa Ana River to Corona Del Mar, the majority of whom reportedly complied with orders from local officials to clear the beaches.
Some groups and political leaders are calling for wide scale changes that would limit legal liability for businesses. According to the New York Times, advocates say protections in the areas of worker privacy and product manufacturing are necessary, otherwise already struggling businesses could be up against a number of lawsuits. That’s because customers or employees could claim the business is at fault if they contract COVID-19.