PRESS RELEASE

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

6/15/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 061521-2
Subject:
State Releases Health Guidance in Preparation of Full Reopening Today
City of Long Beach to align with State and County
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS
jic@longbeach.gov





Long Beach, CA - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued new guidance as the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier system comes to an end and California prepares to fully reopen the economy today, Tuesday, June 15. The City will issue an updated Health Order in alignment with the State. 

“California has surpassed many major milestones and made incredible progress in the fight against COVID-19,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We have reached this point thanks to our public health workers, those who have been vaccinated and everyone who has made sacrifices to protect themselves and others.”

Beginning today, everyday activities will be allowed and businesses can open at full occupancy with risk-reduction measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As the State continues to monitor the transmission and effects of COVID-19 and its many variants, CDPH is strongly encouraging the following general public health recommendations:

  • Everyone should get vaccinated when eligible.
  • Indoor spaces should be well-ventilated (i.e., open all windows and doors to increase natural air flow), following current CDPH and California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) guidance.
  • Everyone should sign up for CA Notifyas an added layer of protection for themselves and the community to receive alerts when they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

CDPH is also offering new guidance pertaining to mega-events and large high-risk settings, both indoors and outdoors; non-essential travel; self-attestation; and will continue to provide updated guidance for youth. 

Indoor mega-events (crowds greater than 5,000)
Operators must verify the full vaccination status or pre-entry negative COVID-19 viral test result of all attendees, who must follow CPDH Guidance for Face Coverings.

Outdoor mega-events (crowds greater than 10,000) 
Operators are strongly recommended to verify the full vaccination status or pre-entry negative COVID-19 viral testing for all attendees. Attendees who do not verify full vaccination status prior to entry should be asked to wear face coverings. 

The City of Long Beach will continue contact tracing and testing to detect cases early and help contain the spread of the virus, as well as continue to monitor hospitalization rates, vaccine access and vaccine efficacy against variants with the option to revisit the reopening of sectors and activities as necessary.

The City is encouraging community members to get the COVID-19 vaccine to qualify to receive gift cards and cash prizes from the State of California and be entered into daily opportunity drawings held by the Health Department. 

There are a variety of ways eligible people can receive vaccine in Long Beach. For information regarding the City’s vaccination locations and hours of operation, go to longbeach.gov/vaxlb. Appointments are not required, but people interested in scheduling an appointment may do so by visiting the State’s vaccination portal, MyTurn.ca.gov, or by calling the California COVID-19 Hotline at 833.422.4255.

Face coverings
Also effective today, Long Beach will align with the CDPH on the use of face coverings. Under the new CDPH guidance, fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a facial covering except in certain settings such as healthcare settings, on public transportation and in transportation hubs, including but not limited to airports and airplanes, buses, taxis and ride-shares, and indoor in K-12 schools, childcare and other youth settings and certain congregate living settings (e.g. homeless shelters and detention facilities). 

Facial coverings remain required for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses, including but not limited to restaurants, retail establishments and family entertainment centers. 

Cal/OSHA is expected to formally adopt new guidance pertaining to facial coverings and physical distancing for employers and workplaces on Thursday, June 17, which would allow fully-vaccinated employees to work without a face covering. Upon being officially adopted by the State, the City will align with the new guidance, and the City’s Health Order will be amended to reflect the latest changes.

For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep our residents safe, visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. People may also visit longbeach.gov/COVID19data for up to date information regarding cases and vaccines.