Residents Issued Citations at Beach for Violating California’s Stay-at-Home Order

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22 People Issued Tickets for Watching Sunset in Encinitas Beach amid COVID-19 Pandemic

About two dozen people found themselves being issued citations at a beach on Friday after they violated California’s stay-at-home order meant to lower the spread of coronavirus in the state. County officials stated Saturday that the tickets were issued to 22 people watching the sunset and having picnics near the beach in Encinitas, located 25 miles north of San Diego.

The stay-at-home order meant that everybody was required to stay at home except when getting food, caring for a relative or friend, getting necessary health care, or going to an important job, according to officials.

Authorities stated that violation of the order could carry fines up to $1,000 or six months in jail or both.

As of Monday, there were 15,158 cases of coronavirus in California, with at least 350 deaths.