PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

10/1/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 100120-2
Subject:
Long Beach Health Order will Allow for Further Reopening
Changes are within Purple Tier and Require Strict COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Contact:
City of Long Beach
Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS (6397)
jic@longbeach.gov




Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services will issue an updated Health Order allowing for further reopening of some industries and services in accordance with protocols to control the spread of COVID-19. The changes are effective at 12:01 a.m. Monday, October 5, and are in alignment with the State and County of Los Angeles purple tier health guidelines.

“Long Beach continues to make significant progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and, like the rest of L.A. County, we are able to make additional adjustments to our health orders,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “But we need to remain cautious, careful, and safe.”

The updated Health Order and protocols will be issued later today and will contain all details for operators and visitors to newly reopened spaces. These protocols should be read thoroughly. An overview of changes is below.

Nail Salons
The new order allows nail salons to open at a maximum 25% capacity if they adhere to safety guidelines, including:
  • Continuing to operate outdoors to the extent feasible.
  • Ensuring physical distancing measures.
  • Ensuring that everyone is wearing face coverings while in the salon.
  • If operating outdoors, establishing an outdoor reception area where customers can check in.
  • Using barriers (such as plexiglass) at reception areas or other areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained in order to minimize exposure between workers and customers.
  • Staggering appointments to reduce reception congestion and to ensure adequate time for proper cleaning and sanitation between each customer visit. No walk-ins will be allowed.
  • Encouraging the use of credit cards and contactless payment systems. 
  • Removing magazines, coffee stations and similar amenities.
Other personal grooming businesses, such as spa services including massage, facials and waxing, are still prohibited.
 
Playgrounds & Outdoor Fitness Equipment
City-run outdoor playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment operated by the City may open with safety protocols to reduce community spread. Rules for using these facilities include:
  • Washing or sanitizing hands before and after using the equipment.
  • Wearing face coverings (everyone age 2 and older).
  • Maintaining a physical distance of six feet or more while using equipment.
  • No eating or drinking at the playground to ensure face coverings are worn at all times.
Adult supervision is required at playgrounds to ensure that the above safety protocols are met. Parks, Recreation and Marine also will support safety efforts by:
  • Increasing the cleaning of frequently-touched surfaces.
  • Supplying signage and physical distancing markers.
  • Establishing reservation protocols for the exclusive use of playground equipment for preschools, child care organizations or other program cohorts.
Family fun center activities located in public parks and on public property may also be permitted to open outdoors with restrictions; details will be forthcoming in the Health Order.

Schools
The City will begin accepting waivers from public and private schools for in-person instruction for TK-2nd grades, consistent with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Public and private K-12 schools may continue to provide limited in-person services and instruction for students with disabilities, English learners, at-risk students and high-need students, limited to no more than 25% of maximum occupancy. Decisions as to whether to request a waiver is at the discretion of the private and public school systems in accordance with their ability to meet the criteria and adhere to all State legal requirements and labor law.
 
Bars, Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries
Brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries and wineries that do not hold a City restaurant permit may operate outdoors only under the following conditions:
  • Sit-down, dine-in bona fide meals are provided by a meal provider regularly engaged in the business of preparing and offering bona fide meals for sale to the public (e.g. traditional restaurant, food truck).
  • Specific temporary, City-issued or State-issued permits required for the activity are obtained prior to operation.
  • Alcohol must be purchased in the same transaction as a bona fide meal.
  • Food, beverage and alcohol service shall be provided to customers seated at tables outdoors. Customers are prohibited from ordering and/or picking up food or beverages indoors.
  • The establishment operates in accordance with State and local laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, the Dine-In Restaurant Protocols and regulations implemented by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. 
  • Indoor operations of these establishments must remain closed to the public.
Other amendments include changes to the Protocols for Higher Education that would require testing of students on campus with a 48-hour turnaround and would prohibit student-athletes from living on campus.
 
This action was put in place by the City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, and in accordance with the Emergency Powers granted to the City Manager through the Proclamation of Local Emergency. It is effective as of October 5, 2020, and will continue until it is extended, rescinded or amended in writing by the Health Officer.

In August, the State unveiled its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a framework for tracking the spread of COVID-19 and establishing reopening guidelines using a four-tier color-coded system. On Sept. 22, the State announced counties falling in the purple tier, such as the County of Los Angeles, which includes Long Beach, could allow the above operations to resume with modifications. 

For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep its residents safe, visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 
 
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