Long Beach health order will allow for further reopening

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services will issue an updated Health Order allowing for further reopening of some industries and services in accordance with protocols to control the spread of COVID-19. The changes are effective at 12:01 a.m. Monday, October 5, and are in alignment with the State and County of Los Angeles purple tier health guidelines.

The updated Health Order and protocols will be issued later today and will contain all details for operators and visitors to newly reopened spaces. These protocols should be read thoroughly. An overview of changes is below.

Nail Salons
The new order allows nail salons to open at a maximum 25% capacity if they adhere to safety guidelines, including:

  • Continuing to operate outdoors to the extent feasible.
  • Ensuring physical distancing measures.
  • Ensuring that everyone is wearing face coverings while in the salon.
  • If operating outdoors, establishing an outdoor reception area where customers can check in.
  • Using barriers (such as plexiglass) at reception areas or other areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained to minimize exposure between workers and customers.
  • Staggering appointments to reduce reception congestion and to ensure adequate time for proper cleaning and sanitation between each customer visit. No walk-ins will be allowed.
  • Encouraging the use of credit cards and contactless payment systems.
  • Removing magazines, coffee stations and similar amenities.

Bars, Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries
Brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries and wineries that do not hold a City restaurant permit may operate outdoors only under the following conditions:

  • Sit-down, dine-in bona fide meals are provided by a meal provider regularly engaged in the business of preparing and offering bona fide meals for sale to the public (e.g. traditional restaurant, food truck).
  • Specific temporary, City-issued or State-issued permits required for the activity are obtained prior to operation.
  • Alcohol must be purchased in the same transaction as a bona fide meal.
  • Food, beverage and alcohol service shall be provided to customers seated at tables outdoors. Customers are prohibited from ordering and/or picking up food or beverages indoors.
  • The establishment operates in accordance with State and local laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, the Dine-In Restaurant Protocols and regulations implemented by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
  • Indoor operations of these establishments must remain closed to the public.

In August, the State unveiled its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a framework for tracking the spread of COVID-19 and establishing reopening guidelines using a four-tier color-coded system. On Sept. 22, the State announced counties falling in the purple tier, such as the County of Los Angeles, which includes Long Beach, could allow the above operations to resume with modifications.

For more information, please read the City’s Press Release.

This article was released by the Belmont Shore Business Association.