To clear up any confusion around what citizens of California are and are not allowed to do outdoors, Governor Gavin Newsom released a list of permitted activities last week, where participation is allowed during the statewide shutdown.
“We want you to see sunsets.”
– California Governor Gavin Newsom
The list included a wide range of activities, some of which were, of course, subject to ridicule on social media.
The list in full:
- Badminton (singles)
- Throwing a baseball or softball
- BMX biking
- Canoeing (singles)
- Exploring rock pools
- Gardening (not in groups)
- Golf (singles, walking – no cart)
- Hiking (on trails and paths allowing distancing)
- Horseback riding (singles)
- Jogging and running
- Kiteboarding and kitesurfing
- Outdoor photography
- Picnics (with your stay-home household members only)
- Quad Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Roller Skating and Roller Blading
- Rowing (singles)
- Scootering (not in groups)
- Skateboarding (not in groups)
- Soft martial arts – Tai Chi, Chi Kung (not in groups)
- Table tennis (singles)
- Throw and catch an American mini football, Frisbee or Frisbee golf (not in groups)
- Trail running
- Tree climbing
- Volleyball (singles)
- Walk the dog
- Wash the car
- Watch the sunrise or sunset
After announcing last week he would be closing beaches and state parks, two Orange County cities announced they would be looking into legal action against the governor, and protests took place at many beaches over the weekend, including Huntington Beach.
All beaches and state parks are currently closed, to included bike paths, boat ramps, restrooms, parking lots, and associated recreational amenities. Sunbathing, walking, running, and watersports are also be prohibited.
The list doesn’t include skiing or snowboarding, which might have affected the country’s only open ski area, Mount Baldy. However, Baldy closed for the season on Saturday due to the melting snow.