Tens of thousands flout social distancing rules for hitting California beaches during coronavirus lockout heat wave

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Police were forced to close a California beach after thousands of people broke the lock to bask in a heat wave.

It is estimated that 40,000 people descended on Newport Beach on Friday, while Huntington Beach and many others were also hit this weekend.

Temperatures reached 32 ° C in parts of California, which was one of the first states in the US to close when the death toll reached 1,600.

Pacific Grove officers had to close Lovers Point Park and Beach on Saturday after it was overcrowded, while San Diego police arrested three people protesting the beach closings.

Huntingdon Beach was crowded with thousands of people on Saturday (AFP via Getty Images)

“I know they have rules and restrictions, but people don’t listen,” said John Overchuck, 45, who lives in New Smyrna Beach.

“I walked on the beach 10 minutes ago and it’s packed. It wasn’t supposed to happen. “

Brian O’Rourke, chief of lifeguards at Newport Beach, added, “There are people. We didn’t have too many problems with [social distancing] as rescuers.

On Friday alone, in Newport Beach, California, 40,000 people crammed into its sands (Getty Images)

“Our main mission is to look at the water. We have had dozens of ocean rescues and hundreds of preventive actions. “

Most beaches in California – including all in Los Angeles – remain closed, while others have reopened but crowds have always defied orders to distance themselves socially.

Dozens of residents recently demonstrated in Huntingdon Beach against California’s foreclosure rules.

State Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted, “The CA can only flatten the curve if we stay at home and do the physical distance. You have the power to literally save lives. “

This comes after the crowd crowded onto the beaches of Florida last weekend after some measures were relaxed.

President Donald Trump tweeted in favor of anti-lockout rallies, calling last week for the “liberation” of Minnesota, Michigan and Virginia.

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