The Guns N’ Roses frontman took issue with protesters who have taken to the streets of some of California’s cities to demonstrate against Governor Gavin Newsom’s order to close Orange County beaches to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
On Thursday (April 30), Newsom proposed that the beaches be closed, stating that it was too soon to lift the state’s stay-at-home order. Two lawsuits were later filed by the cities of Dana Point and Huntington Beach; the Orange County Sheriff said he would not enforce the order; and scores of protesters flooded Huntington Beach to demonstrate against the action.
“Q: If the Sheriffs can choose not to enforce the beach closures can the hospitals ‘choose’ not to admit any possible Covid-19 suspected beach goers? Just askin’…” Rose tweeted on Saturday (May 2).
Q: If the Sheriffs can choose not to enforce the beach closures can the hospitals “choose” not to admit any possible Covid-19 suspected beach goers? Just askin’…🤔
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) May 2, 2020
As of today (May 3), the number of coronavirus cases reported in Orange County is 2,636 with 52 confirmed deaths.
“I will say GNR have been working fastidiously on some killer new stuff,” Susan said while appearing on the Appetite For Distortion podcast. “And I can’t say much, but I’ve heard bits and bobs and it’s pretty epic.
The legendary guitarist spoke at a music convention in January, telling Guitar.com that “stuff is happening” with regards to a new LP “but there are no specifics.” He continued: “More than anything, it’s because of the nature of the industry right now.”