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Gov. Newsom shuts down all state parking lots to deter crowds at beaches, parks

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — Governor Gavin Newsom announced that all state parking lots are shutting down to deter crowds of people from swarming the Golden State’s beaches and parks.

His announcement was met with confusion and disappointment but KRON4 learned that not all of the state parks parking lots will be closed. It’s actually about 3-dozen of them and many here in the Bay Area.

The entire state is under a stay-at-home order to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

During the first weekend of the order, California saw an influx of people heading to the coast.

Beaches and parks were packed with people who have been stuck indoors all week.

Officials are encouraging residents to go outside for some exercise and fresh air, but a picnic on a packed beach is not what they had in mind.

“Normally, that would light up my heart to see tens of thousands of people congregating down in Malibu and other parts of our beautiful state,” Newsom said. “We need to practice common sense and socially distance.

“If you arrive at a parking lot at a beach or park and it’s full, that suggests that social distancing won’t be possible,” he said.

Newsom said this is the beginning of some soft closures and warns there will be some hard closures soon.

He announced Monday effective immediately that 36 of the state’s 280 parks will be closed to vehicular traffic.

San Francisco’s Mayor London Breed had a similar message for city residents after this weekend.

She responded by closing down playgrounds across the city and warned residents that she will close parks if necessary.

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