The official FREE ENCINITAS Facebook page, a group of about 100 people, marched along South Coast Highway 101 Sunday to bring justice, healing, and freedom to the affluent beach town.
Protesting the closure of pristine beaches, parks and trails in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the march began at 10 a.m. in front of the Self-Realization Fellowship Temple. Namaste.
Locals told reporters the inconsistencies are what is most troubling. For example, allowing low-income families to access crowded supermarkets in the inner-city, but not being allowed to catch a wave, tan on the beach, hike, or play golf is bullshit.
Rather than being of service to emergency situations, deputies kept watch to make sure marchers were practicing safe distancing measures. No citations were issued, despite people clearly breaking the rules.
— ‘Merican Girl 🇺🇸 (@mandeescandee) April 19, 2020
“Honestly, I had just had enough,” the protest organizer told NBC7. “When they closed the Coastal Rail Trail, I was sitting around saying, ‘I can’t believe there have been no new cases since April 11 in Encinitas,’” the protestor said with no regard for the hundreds of the thousands of deaths worldwide.
Calling the “health order” unconstitutional, the group carried signs of protest state and local stay-at-home orders. Unbeknownst to them, it’s perfectly legal and the safest way to protect people until we have testing to properly protect people (along with a better understanding of the virus.)
Until then, maybe volunteer?