COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Long Beach and Los Angeles County, and officials have quickly adjusted health orders in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.
Here is a summary of the new restrictions announced this week.
Across the country
On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsum issued a mandatory curfew for all “purple layers” counties – meaning the virus is widespread – for next month. From Saturday at 10 pm Insignificant work and gatherings must stop from 10 pm to 5 am
While non-core businesses have to close by 10pm, restaurants will have the right to offer food to take home and people can perform some routine activities such as walking the dog, officials said. They will still be able to receive medical care, get prescriptions and take care of other basic needs.
Los Angeles County, which includes Long Beach, is on a purple scale ̵
The city of Long Beach issued new rules on Wednesday night, which are largely the same as those in Los Angeles County.
- Personal gatherings are only allowed outdoors, with a maximum of three households and a total of 15 people from these households.
- Meetings should be limited to two hours or less, and participants must follow the rules of mask and social distancing.
- Officials are still urging residents to avoid gathering with people outside their households at all, including for the upcoming holidays.
- Personal religious or cultural services are still allowed, as long as they are outdoors and follow all city guidelines.
- Internal non-essential companies, such as shops, offices and personal hygiene services, are limited to 25% employment.
- Outdoor service in restaurants, wineries and breweries is limited to 50% of the maximum outdoor capacity by dividing the tables into 8 feet. Officials said this distance is necessary to ensure that customers can sit 6 feet away from workers when taking their orders and working around them.
- Restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars that serve sitting, dining, and non-essential retail outlets must close daily from 22:00 to 6:00. The city even clarified that the last customer must sit down and finish their meal on time so that the business can be completely closed by 10 pm
- Outdoor family entertainment centers, such as miniature golf sites, parks and wadding cages, are limited to 50% of maximum outdoor capacity.
- Personal care services, such as those in nail salons and hairdressers, barbershops and massage parlors, can only be provided by appointment, and clients and employees must wear face coatings for the entire service. Services that require the client or staff to remove facials, such as face and shaving, are not permitted. In addition, these companies are not allowed to offer customers food or drinks on site.
- Gyms and fitness facilities are still allowed to work outdoors.
Los Angeles County
District officials said earlier this week that if COVID-19 numbers were raised to certain levels, more stringent measures would be taken:
- If the five-day average incidence in the county becomes 4,000 or more, or hospitalizations are more than 1,750 a day, dinner indoors and outdoors in restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars will be banned. These companies could only offer collection and delivery.
- If the five-day average incidence in the county becomes 4,500 or more, or hospitalizations are more than 2,000 a day, then a home stay order similar to the one issued in March will be introduced in three weeks. The order would allow only emergency workers and those providing basic services to leave their homes.
Although Long Beach has its own health department and can make different rules, it has largely followed the county’s leadership.
On Tuesday, Orange County and dozens of other counties were returned to the strictest “purple” layer, which bans indoor eating, most school lessons and other riskier activities.
Here’s what this means for businesses just south of Long Beach:
- Non-essential retailers, including shopping malls, should operate at a maximum capacity of 25% instead of 50%.
- Museums, zoos and aquariums can only operate outdoors.
- Worship services can only be held outdoors.
- Gyms and fitness centers can only work outdoors.
- Cinemas can only operate outdoors.