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All Retailers, Offices, and Houses of Worship May Open

Release Date: 2020-05-27

Today, the City of Long Beach announced that offices, places of worship and in-person retail may reopen, with distancing restrictions.

Our mom and pop retailers, boutiques, and places of worship need our support, and they are now allowed to safely reopen. We continue to see encouraging data in Long Beach, and we will proceed cautiously. 

As stay-at-home orders are modified, it is essential that all possible steps be taken to ensure the safety of workers, volunteers and the public. The revised order details requirements and restrictions in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Establishments must implement and post a Retail Physical Distancing Protocol prior to reopening.

All in-store retail operations and office-based businesses must:

  • Maintain physical distancing to the maximum extent possible, including:
    • Retail can only open up to 50% of maximum capacity.
    • Office-based businesses are strongly encouraged to still prioritize telework.
  • Enact cleaning and disinfecting protocols, including frequent hand washing.
  • Require face coverings when in close contact with other people.
  • Maintain processes to identify cases of illness and intervene quickly.
  • Make worksite-specific plans for operating during this public health emergency, and train employees on these plans.

All places of worship are required to: 

  • Limit attendance to 25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees (whichever is lower).  
  • Discontinue self-service food and beverages. 

Holding potlucks or family-style eating and drinking events are not allowed

The updated Health Order which will be posted later tonight also includes other changes to align with the County and California’s Resilience Roadmap for Stage 2 related to vehicle-based parades, shopping centers, and in-person religious services and cultural ceremonies. 

Pools that are located in private multi-unit residences or part of a homeowner’s association may now open with physical distancing. Drive-in operations, including entertainment and restaurants, will be allowed but subject to City-issued permits.

Thank you,

Mayor Robert Garcia