• Matt Esnayra

City Council to weigh in on Mayor's Proposed $5M Business Relief Fund

Long Beach City Councilmembers will consider Mayor Robert Garcia's proposed $5 million relief package for barber shops, nail and hair salons, and independently owned gyms.

Why it matters:

This past weekend, Long Beach and the majority of California entered into a three-week lockdown to slow coronavirus spread. According to the L.A. Times, as of Monday, the virus death toll reached 20,000, and more than 34,000 new coronavirus cases reported on Monday alone.

  • Newsom's latest order affects indoor businesses like gyms, churches, business offices, salons, barbershops, shopping malls, restaurants, bars, museums, zoos, and movie theaters. He's directing those businesses to close their doors temporarily to the public as the state enters the third wave of the pandemic.

  • In November, Garcia proposed a similar $5 million "resiliency fund" to provide much-needed relief for Long Beach area restaurants, bars, and breweries forced to close due to Covid-19 inspired lockdowns.

  • Local businesses protested the recent coronavirus health orders near 2nd & PCH shopping center on Dec. 2nd.

  • Later today: Tonight's council meeting will determine the proposal's future.

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