PRESS RELEASE

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

12/23/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 122320
Subject:
City of Long Beach Reminds Residents to Celebrate Safely Over Christmas, New Year’s Holidays
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS
jic@longbeach.gov





Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach wants everyone to enjoy the upcoming holidays. This year, the City is reminding residents to celebrate safely and adhere to the Safer at Home Health Order and safety protocols to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the flu.  

People should not gather with people from separate households and should stay home except as necessary to conduct essential activities. Gatherings of individuals from different households pose a significant risk of virus transmission to the community. When out to conduct essential activities, people should maintain at least a six-foot distance from other individuals not in the same household; wear a face covering that covers both the nose and mouth; wash hands frequently; and sanitize high-touch surfaces.

While staying home is critical this holiday season to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, the City is strongly encouraging people to find alternative ways to engage with others and celebrate safely such as connecting with family and friends virtually; hosting a holiday dinner party over a video call; spending more time on phone calls this year; sharing photos and videos of your holiday on group chat; and participating in a gratitude activity with loved ones. Making the necessary sacrifices during the holidays this year and staying home is the best gift one can give to others. 

The City is also reminding residents of other safety tips and precautions to take during the Christmas and New Year’s weekend. 

All personal fireworks, including those labeled Safe and Sane, are prohibited in the City of Long Beach. Fireworks cause tens of millions of dollars annually in property damage and result in many injuries, the majority of which are suffered by children. Given the strain on hospital capacity due to the current COVID-19 surge, it is especially important to avoid risky behavior, including lighting fireworks. 

Fireworks set off in residential neighborhoods, particularly those that are unexpected, can trigger flashbacks for veterans and gun violence survivors experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder. The noise also creates panic for many animals, and shelters fill with runaway pets every year.

There are several ways to report illegal firework activity in Long Beach:
In the City of Long Beach, DUI-related traffic collisions claimed the lives of nine people in 2018 and seven people in 2019. From Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, the Long Beach Police Department will have additional officers on patrol to deter drivers from driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Remember that driving under the influence includes alcohol, marijuana, some prescription and over the counter drugs and illegal drugs. Plan routes in advance and avoid texting or otherwise using a cell phone while driving.

“Celebratory" gunfire is considered illegal discharge of a firearm and can be dangerous. Discharging a firearm for celebratory purposes could result in injury or death to anyone struck, and jail time for the offenders.

Currently, all of Southern California is under a Regional Stay at Home Order, and all non-essential travel is temporarily restricted. For those who have essential travel needs, Long Beach Airport (LGB) has instituted a number of measures to enhance passenger safety, including physical distancing, new disinfecting protocols and a face covering requirement. Read about these measures and watch a video of what it’s like to fly through LGB with the current precautions in place. 

For additional information and holiday safety tips, view the City’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guidance for Celebrating the Holidays.

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.

Media inquiries can be directed to the Joint Information Center at 562.570.NEWS or jic@longbeach.gov

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