Axl Rose is weighing in on the controversial beach closures in Southern California.
In recent days, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an order to shutter beaches along the Orange County coastline in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. The stay-at-home order sparked backlash from locals, who protested and filed lawsuits.
On Saturday (May 2), Guns N’ Roses frontman Rose took to Twitter to criticize the local protestors and law enforcement who challenged the beach closures.
“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.
The singer’s question garnered mixed reactions on the social media platform.
“You played a huge festival in Mexico when this was blowing up. Was that a great idea, just asking?” one Twitter user responded, referencing Guns N’ Rose’s mid-April performance at Vive Latino in Mexico City.
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
Others agreed with Rose’s take on the situation. “Great question. Why should those putting their lives at risk everyday, be subjected to the stupidity of others? Stay safe,” another Twitter user wrote.
California has more than 49,000 cases and more than 2,000 deaths from Covid-19, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the Associated Press reported Wednesday (April 29).
In related news, Rose’s bandmate Duff McKagan has been doing his part to help members of his Seattle community during the pandemic. Last week, the GNR bassist and his wife, Susan, donated 1,000 masks by Chrome Hearts to staff at the city’s UW Medicine.
“You guys are heroes! It was @SuHolmesMcKagan and my absolute pleasure,” McKagan tweeted in response to a message of thanks from the UW Medicine Child Care Center.
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) May 1, 2020