[/news/california/index.html California]'s governor Gavin Newsom has been slammed for publishing a list of activities residents are 'allowed' to enjoy under lockdown amid protests from residents and elected officials over his decision to extend stay-at-home orders and close beaches.
The Democrat said millions of the state's residents can still meditate, play singles badminton, climb trees, ride a bike or watch the sunrise while complying with social distancing.
Many who have been stuck inside for weeks criticized him for policing the population, mocked him for trying to be an 'all-powerful' leader and said his suggestions came straight from a California tourism commercial.
He released the list as Modoc County in northern California announced it would defy his lockdown orders by opening bars and restaurants while Huntington Beach and Dana Point councils voted to sue the governor for closing the beaches in their cities.
Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes also vowed 'not to take enforcement action' because his community has been 'singled out' and the state has 'failed to recognize the sacrifices made' by citizens.
'Governor Newsom's mandate to close all beaches in Orange County today was a jarring decision that significantly impacts us here in Huntington Beach,' Mayor Lyn Semeta said in a statement.
California 's governor Gavin Newsom has been slammed for publishing a list of activities residents are 'allowed' to enjoy under lockdown amid protests over his decision to extend stay-at-home orders and close beaches.
Pictured, people gathering on Huntington Beach on April 30 - the last day residents were allowed on
The Democrat said millions of the state's residents can still meditate, play singles badminton, climb trees, ride a bike or watch the sunrise while complying with social distancing. Many who have been stuck inside for weeks criticized him for policing the population, mocked him for trying to be an 'all-powerful' leader and said his suggestions came straight from a California tourism commercial
'Given that Orange County has among the lowest per-capita COVID-19 death rates in California, the action by the state prioritizes politics over data, in direct contradiction of the Governor's stated goal to allow science and facts to guide our response to this horrible global pandemic.'
Harmeet Dhillon, Californian [/news/republicans/index.html Republican Party] vice chairwoman, described Gov Newsom as going 'off the deep end' when he closed beaches to enforce social distancing today.
She told Fox News' Laura Ingraham: 'The goalposts keep moving with this governor.
At the beginning of this crisis, many of us were complimentary of his willingness to work with our president but in the last couple of weeks, he's really gone in the opposite direction.
'I think with the legislators not in session, nobody is asking him any questions.'
'I feel like I'm back in grade school and the State of California or Orange County or whatever target of the day is being sent to the principal's office,' she added.
'There's no due process, there's nobody to appeal to and there is no connection between your behavior and the punishment that you're experiencing.'
As of Friday morning Orange County had 2,393 cases and 45 fatalities. The state has 50,411 confirmed infections and 2,046 people have died.
But on Thursday, Orange County saw a spike with 145 new cases, the fourth time in six days they have risen, after the beaches opened.
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Modoc County, an isolated and sparsely populated are in Northern California, announced this week they will start to reopen schools, hair salons, churches, restaurants and the county's only movie theater.
They would be the first county in the state to do so, and so far have recorded no coronavirus cases.
Ned Coe, a cattle rancher and county supervisor, https://maditationshop.bookmark.com/is-it-good-to-meditate-in-the-morning said Thursday that the county across the border from Oregon said: 'Just as our physical health is vital for our citizens, so is the mental health and the economic health of our citizens.'
Other rural communities have questioned while they are still under lockdown orders, despite recording a low number of cases.
Bob Williams, the chairman of Tehama County's Board of Supervisors, in Northern California, has joined a chorus of elected leaders asking Newsom to gently lift their stay-at-home orders.
His community only has one recorded case of COVID-19.
He told the[ ]: 'Is it fair to treat Tehama the same as LA County?" he said. "I think the locals that are dealing with the problem here are better suited to understand what's needed in rural California than folks in Sacramento or LA'.
Williams hopes that reopening will help reverse the economic damage the pandemic has caused.
Newsom took action to close the beaches yesterday after 'disturbing' images showed masses of residents flock to the sands over the weekend - ignoring the state's stay-at-home order.
The governor had been expected to shutter all beaches and state parks across California from today, after a leaked memo from Newsom's administration to the California Police Chiefs' Association surfaced Wednesday.
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