Squirrels Take Over California Park Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Tarrah Gibbons
April 05, 2020 - 3:25 pm

While Santa Monica parks are no longer filled with people, these critters are making a special appearance.

Squirrels are going nuts for the outdoors and have taken over parks in Santa Monica, California. In a video obtained by TMZ, the squirrels are seen throughout the park enjoying the sunshine. Some are even seen lying down, taking in the sun.

The squirrels seemed to be more relaxed as tourists and locals are nowhere to be found.

"There are literally hundreds of squirrels. Like, I don't know where these guys came from, like are you seeing this? They are all running around now," a woman says in the video.

Many people across the United States are staying indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, leaving parks across the country barren.

Last month, President Donald Trump announced he would be extending social distancing guidelines through April 30. "Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory has been won," Trump said. "Therefore, we will be extending our guidelines to April 30."

Trump had suggested that the country would be opened up again by Easter on April 12. Warnings from public health experts led the president to extend this date. The president explained on Sunday that Easter was simply an "aspiration," saying that he hopes the country will "be well on our way to recovery" by June 1.

As the United States saw 8,500 deaths and more than 312,000 confirmed cases by April 5, President Donald Trump said things would get worse.

"This will probably be the toughest week, between this week and next week," Trump said. Trump warned that Americans would see a lot of reported deaths.

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