Crowds descended on California beaches, hiking trails and parks over the weekend in open defiance of a state order to shelter in place and avoid close contact with others.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a shelter in place order directing the state’s nearly 40 million residents to stay home beginning March 20 to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
People are seen on the beach on March 21, 2020 in Huntington Beach, California.
Instead, many public spaces were packed, prompting officials in some cities to order parks, recreation areas and beaches to close.