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Checking In On OC After Some Protestors, Businesses Defy Closure Orders Over The Weekend

Protestors gather in a demonstration on May 01, 2020 in Huntington Beach, California.
Protestors gather in a demonstration on May 01, 2020 in Huntington Beach, California.
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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 businesses also defied state orders and reopened their doors, like Nomads Canteen in San Clemente which reopened for dine-in customers at lunchtime on Friday. The San Clemente Times reports it didn’t take long for the dining room to fill up, and that while the owner did put social distancing rules in place to begin with, those became more difficult to enforce as word spread that Nomads had opened up for business. Other businesses in the county like a surf shop and a clothing boutique also chose to reopen for in-store business over the weekend

Today on AirTalk, we’ll continue to follow the back and forth over reopening businesses and beaches in Orange County and across California.


Dan Walters, long-time California politics observer with CALmatters, a nonprofit public interest publication; he tweets @DanCALmatters

Sharon McNary, KPCC & LAist infrastructure correspondent; her latest piece for LAist is “What It Was Like Friday At The Crowded Huntington Beach Demonstration”; she tweets @KPCCSharon

Lisa Bartlett, Orange County Supervisor representing the Fifth County District, which encompasses South County cities like Aliso Viejo, San Clemente, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and more; she tweets @OCSupBartlett

Christine Wood, co-owner of The Barberhood barber shop in Laguna Hills, which reopened for customers on Friday