SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Small groups of immediate family members spread throughout the beach at Discovery Park Friday. It’s a stark contrast from Memorial Day weekend where the area saw around a thousand people crowding the beach.
Sgt. Randy Bickle, a Sacramento County park ranger, said the gatherings were so small, some park rangers were sent home early.READ MORE: CAISO Cautiously Optimistic Lights Will Stay On, But Rolling Blackouts Still Possible This Summer
“We thought that we would see much larger crowds. I actually had the capability of sending a few rangers home early which is a good thing,” Bickle said.
Those visiting the shoreline Friday stayed in small groups as they practiced social distancing. Bickle hopes people will continue to follow state guidelines.
“Today is surprisingly light and we are very excited about it. It looks like people are taking the governor’s orders seriously and staying in,” he said.READ MORE: Stockton Police Chief Praises Hero Neighbor Who Saved Little Boy During Deadly Shooting
Beachgoers said they came out to the park to avoid the crowds on the Fourth of July.
“I think this is kind of perfect how everybody has their own section because with the Coronavirus everybody wants to stay safe,” said Veronica Paige.
Javier Barrios was surprised to see the lack of crowds at the start of the holiday weekend.MORE NEWS: Sacramento County Man Suspected Of Selling Illegal Fireworks Arrested
“It’s a Friday, it’s Fourth of July weekend and its really slow. There is hardly anybody out here. So, I guess they are paying attention following guidelines,” he said.