FILE - In this July 2, 2020, file photo, people wear masks while walking on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk during the coronavirus outbreak in Santa Cruz, Calif. California is easing its coronavirus restrictions to allow multi-family gatherings outdoors as infection rates and the number of deaths have leveled off at levels not seen since the early stages of the pandemic. Up to three families can gather so long as they follow other safety precautions designed to stem the spread of the virus, under the new guidelines from the California Department of Public Health. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is easing its coronavirus restrictions to allow up to three households to socialize outdoors, an expansion of rules aimed at people tempted to have even larger gatherings around Halloween, Thanksgiving and end-of-year holidays, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.