PRESS RELEASE

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

6/12/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 061220-3
Subject:
Long Beach Issues Amended Health Order
Allows expanded activities at beaches and parks, more businesses to open
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS (Media Inquiries only)
jic@longbeach.gov (Media Inquiries only)





Long Beach, CA - Today, the Department of Health and Human Services issued amendments to the “Safer at Home” Order that will allow wider recreational use of City facilities, including stationary activities at beaches and parks with members of the same household. Courts such as basketball and volleyball are available for use with members of the same household. These updates come in addition to Wednesday’s announcement of more businesses allowed to reopen, with restrictions. 

“As we resume more of our daily routines, it’s more important than ever to remember coronavirus is a public health emergency,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “That means we still have to physically distance and be responsible about wearing face coverings so we can continue these reopenings.”

The amended Safer at Home Order is available here.

Starting June 12, among other changes outlined in the order, individuals and members of the same household may, at public beaches and parks: 

  • Engage in stationary activities (for example, sunbathing, sitting and picnicking) and active outdoor recreation and physical exercise, provided they maintain at least six feet of physical distance from people of other households.
  • Use basketball courts, volleyball courts, pickleball courts and picnic areas, only if the activity is limited to one household at a time. Pick-up games with others outside of the same household, including all team sports, are still prohibited.

Gatherings or activities involving more than one household remain prohibited under the Health Order.

Additionally, the amended order also permits select businesses such as gyms, day camps, museums, the Aquarium of the Pacific and hotels to reopen on June 12, once they have completed the necessary safety requirements. Physical distancing measures and facial coverings are highly encouraged and/or required. A full list of businesses and required safety protocols are in the latest Health Order.

Businesses such as nail salons, tattoo shops, spas and massage parlors, bars, brewpubs and wineries that do not serve food, family entertainment centers (e.g. bowling alleys, arcades, movie theaters) and gaming facilities are to remain closed.

The City’s Department of Health and Human Services is monitoring epidemiological data over the next couple of weeks to determine when to open additional businesses anticipated to be authorized by Governor Gavin Newsom as part of Stage 3 reopenings, such as bars, family entertainment centers and personal services (e.g. manicures, pedicures, tattooing, massages, waxing services). As new State guidance is announced by the Governor, each will be evaluated individually and may or may not be implemented in Long Beach based on the decision of the City’s Health Officer.

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 immediately on June 12, 2020, and will continue until it is extended, rescinded or amended in writing by the Health Officer.

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.