Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia released this message on Saturday, April 3, his weekly update on the city’s status amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
This past week, in accordance with state orders, Long Beach continued our reopening by moving into the Orange Tier. We’ve made great progress in the last few weeks.
Though some of our neighboring areas are waiting to move forward, we are reopening to the degree safely allowed because we’ve been careful and smart. Our data shows our community is safer and healthier than we have been for several months, and with vaccinations reaching more than a third of eligible adults, we believe we can keep these trends moving in the right direction.
The Orange Tier means restaurants may increase indoor capacity to 50% of maximum occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer. Brewpubs, breweries, bars, craft distilleries and wineries can also move to 50% if they sell alcohol in the same transaction as a meal provided by a city-approved meal provider. Bars, where no meal is served, can also operate but only outdoors.
Our gyms and fitness centers may start looking more and more like we remember with indoor capacity allowed up to 25% of maximum occupancy. And indoor pools and showers may also open with modifications – although indoor hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms must remain closed.
Shopping is also going to start looking more like we remember. In the Orange Tier, retail, including shopping centers, malls, and swap meets, may operate at normal capacity without restrictions, but shopping centers with restaurants and other food facilities will still need to operate in accordance with the updated restaurant protocols.
We are excited to share museums, galleries, aquariums, movie theaters, and botanical gardens may operate indoors and outdoors at 50% of maximum occupancy, and we are hopeful the increased capacity may make it more feasible for these places to re-open and for us to enjoy these experiences again.
And as warmer weather begins to return, I know it’s been important for places of worship to allow indoor services. The data now shows that religious services and cultural ceremonies may operate indoors at 50% capacity.
Outdoor live events may take place at 33% of maximum occupancy. And family entertainment centers, amusement parks and theme parks can also resume indoor operations as well. The indoor capacity limit for family entertainment centers is 25% of maximum occupancy with groups consisting of members of the same household.
As for schools, we’re proud that LBUSD is the largest district to begin reopening in California. Our colleges may resume in-person instruction up to 50% of maximum occupancy, or 200 people per class, whichever is fewer. And as we near graduation season, in-person graduation and commencement ceremonies will be allowed, in accordance with State health guidelines.
You can read the full updated health order at longbeach.gov/covid19.
To be clear: The pandemic is not over and we still need everyone to be safe and responsible, especially as many families gather for the Easter holiday. Please continue to wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing. The last thing we want is to see cases start rising again and have to return to a higher tier.
I want to thank our entire community for the continued support of one another. Like many of you, I am also looking forward to the brighter days ahead.
Thank you for keeping Long Beach safe.