California allows 3 more Orange County beaches to reopen


FILE – In this April 30, 2020 photo people crowd the beach in Huntington Beach, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration gave approval Tuesday, May 5, to plans by Huntington Beach and two smaller cities to reopen beaches that fell under his order shutting down the entire Orange County coast after a heat wave drew large crowds to the shore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Orange County will draft a plan to reopen county beaches for active use to comply with state orders aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

The county’s supervisors voted to draft the plan Tuesday after a heated debate with some pushing to reopen beaches so residents can get fresh air and exercise and others arguing they shouldn’t heed what they called an arbitrary move by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Newsom shut down the Orange County coast last week after a heat wave drew large crowds to the shore.

Since then, the state has approved plans for a cluster of cities to reopen their beaches for walking, jogging and surfing but not sunbathing.

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