- The Washington Times
Friday, May 1, 2020

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has released a list of outdoor activities that are approved under the state’s shelter-in-place order, including watching a sunset and “throwing a baseball” as long as it’s not in a group.

“We want you to see sunsets,” the governor said. “We want you to enjoy activities outdoors. What they don’t want is people congregating outside in large groups.”

The state released a “non-exhaustive” list of approved outdoor activities on the FAQ page of its COVID19.ca.gov website, including walking the dog and climbing trees.

“It’s okay to go outside to go for a walk, to exercise, and participate in healthy activities as long as you maintain a safe physical distance of six feet and gather only with members of your household,” the page states.

The list also includes BMX biking, cycling, exploring rock pools, gardening, hiking, horseback riding, kitesurfing, meditation, outdoor photography, rock climbing, rollerblading, skateboarding, throwing a football, kicking a soccer ball, trampolining, washing the car, watching the sunrise or sunset, and yoga.

The new list came after Mr. Newsom announced Thursday a “hard close” of state and local beaches in Orange County.

“Same reason we are not reopening arenas with tens of thousands of people — we don’t want to have beaches with tens of thousands of people mixing,” Mr. Newsom said.

Some state parks, including hiking trails, are still open.

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