Hundreds of Protesters in Huntington Beach Protesting OC Beach and Business Closures Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Ameera Butt
May 01, 2020 - 12:14 pm

Hundreds of protesters are gathering near the Huntington Beach Pier Friday to protest the recent OC beaches closures Friday.

The protest is made up of crowds of people who are upset over Gov. Newsom's recent order to temporarily close OC beaches. They want the beaches open, and they also want businesses open.

Protesters held signs saying "Open Our Beaches," and flags waving "Trump 2020." Mounted police and police are on hand on the scene.

On Thursday, California Gov. Newsom ordered all OC beaches to be closed temporarily in light of the crowds and lack of social distancing last weekend during a SoCal heatwave.

As of today, there are 2,537 cases including 50 deaths, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

On Friday, Dana Point and Huntington Beach decided to seek temporary restraining orders resisting the Governor's order of closing all OC beaches. Huntington Beach is closed today and the city attorney is going to court this afternoon to fight the beach closure by Newsom.

Meanwhile, there are also crowds at Los Angeles City Hall Friday protesting the Stay at Home Order from both the city and the state. There are also counter-protesters present.