Even as some countries are considering the gradual reopening of public spaces with hopes of restarting the global economy, and a life of normalcy, in California, Governor Gavin Newsom will announce the closure of all beaches and parks in the state today. This comes after crowds jammed beaches last weekend, according to a memo seen by Reuters.

“After the well-publicized media coverage of overcrowded beaches this past weekend, in violation of Governor Newsom’s Shelter in Place Order, the Governor will be announcing tomorrow that ALL beaches and all state parks in California will be closed, effective Friday, May 1st,” the memo read.

Reports state that the United States has by far, the world’s largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at more than a million, with total deaths topping 60,000.


On April 23rd, the University of Oxford in collaboration with BLAVATNIK School of Government, issued “The Lockdown Roll-back Checklist”. The checklist highlights criteria given by the World Health Organisation, of measures governments need to have in place before rolling back ‘lockdown’ measures. HERE THEY ARE:

  • COVID-19 transmission is controlled to a level of sporadic cases and clusters of cases, all from known contacts or importations; at a minimum, new cases would be reduced to a level that the health system can manage based on health care capacity.
  • Sufficient public health workforce and health system capacities are in place to enable the major shift from detecting and treating mainly serious cases to detecting and isolating all cases, irrespective of severity and whether there is local transmission or an importation.
  • Outbreak risks in high-vulnerability settings are minimised, which requires all major drivers or amplifiers of COVID-19 transmission to have been identified, with appropriate measures in place to maximise physical distancing and minimise the risk of new outbreaks.
  • Preventive measures are established in workplaces.
  • Manage the risk of exporting and importing cases from communities with high risks of transmission.
  • Communities are fully engaged and understand that the transition away from large-scale movement restrictions and public health and social measures – from detecting and treating serious cases to detecting and isolating all cases – is a ‘new normal’ in which prevention measures would be maintained, and that all people have key roles in preventing a resurgence in case numbers.