Severity: Warning Alert

Security: Protesters gather in Huntington Beach, Calif., US, May 1. Avoid the area as a precaution. Allow for additional travel time.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Los Angeles, California
  • Orange County, California
  • Long Beach, California
  • Anaheim

This alert began 01 May 2020 21:53 GMT and is scheduled to expire 02 May 2020 05:00 GMT.

  • Event: Protests
  • Location(s): Huntington Beach, Calif. (map)
  • Date: May 1
  • Impact: Transport disruptions, increased police presence, possible clashes

Summary
A large group of protesters has gathered near the intersection of the Pacific Coast Highway (State Route 1) and Main Street in Huntington Beach, California, to demonstrate against the closure of beaches in Orange County - a measure taken to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Protesters reportedly number more than 500.

Transport disruptions in the area are likely. Police will likely deploy to the area. Clashes are possible if police attempt to forcibly disperse the demonstrators.

Advice
Avoid the protest as a precaution. Allow for additional travel time in the area. If violence occurs, immediately leave the area or seek shelter in a non-governmental building.


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