05/29/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/29/2020 19:54
Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach will issue a new health order today that allows hair salons and barbers as well as restaurants for in-person dining to reopen provided these businesses follow guidelines designed to protect employees and patrons and control the spread of COVID-19. This comes after health jurisdictions in Los Angeles County received a variance from the State to allow further reopening in Long Beach.
'We will now begin the process to slowly reopen restaurant dining and allow haircuts again,' said Mayor Robert Garcia. 'We understand that many restaurants and salons are going to take their time to reopen and we support that 100 percent. We need to be extremely careful as more folks begin to interact, so please wear a face covering and physically distance as we move forward.'
Long Beach has met all the requirements to move further in the reopening process. The City has broad community testing in place, with a testing capacity of over 1,000 people per day, and a positivity testing rate of 6.3 percent, which is below the State's requirement of 8 percent. Long Beach has over 90 contact tracers in place to identify and follow up on confirmed positive cases, and has plans in place to address vulnerable populations such as long term health care facilities and sheltering for those experiencing homelessness. The City's hospitals have a surge capacity of over 400, plus 100 more ready to bring on line at the field hospital at Long Beach Arena, which is also a key indicator required by the State.
These and other positive indicators will continue to drive reopening decisions and timelines by City officials.
The new order, effective today and until further notice, require that hair salons and barbers adhere to the following:
Additionally, the Order allows restaurants to open at a reduced capacity for in-person dining with the following additional restrictions:
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.
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/COVID19and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.