City of Long Beach Announces Offices, Places of Worship, In-Person Retail May Reopen with Distancing Restrictions

27 May

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, on Wednesday, May 27, by email, announced offices, places of worship and in-person retail may reopen, with distancing restrictions.

The revised order details requirements and restrictions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Establishments must implement and post a Retail Physical Distancing Protocol prior to reopening.

All in-store retail operations and office-based businesses must: Maintain physical distancing to the maximum extent possible, including retail can only open up to 50 percent of maximum capacity and office-based businesses are strongly encouraged to still prioritize telework; Enact cleaning and disinfecting protocols, including frequent hand washing; Require face coverings when in close contact with other people; Maintain the means to identify cases of illness and intervene quickly; Make worksite-specific plans for operating during this public health emergency and train employees on these plans.

All places of worship are required to: Limit attendance to 25 percent of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower; Discontinue self-service food and beverages. 

Potlucks or family-style eating and drinking events aren’t allowed.

The updated Health Order to be posted later includes other changes to align with the County and California’s Resilience Roadmap for Stage 2 related to vehicle-based parades, shopping centers, and in-person religious services and cultural ceremonies. 

Pools in private multi-unit residences or part of a homeowner’s association may now open with physical distancing. Drive-in operations, including entertainment and restaurants, will be allowed but subject to City-issued permits.

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