• Matt Esnayra

Long Beach entering the Red Tier on Monday: Indoor Dining Returns, Movie Theaters, Gyms to Reopen

Long Beach, along with the rest of Los Angeles County, will be entering into the less-restrictive red tier on Monday, March 15.

The state of play:

After the state met certain thresholds like dispensing at least 2 million vaccine doses to underserved communities, Thirteen counties, including Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino, are due to switch from the most stringent purple tier to the red tier in the state's four-tier, a color-coded system for reopenings.

The city provided a detailed breakdown of what can be permitted starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

  • Restaurants may open indoors at a maximum of 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. This applies to restaurants that serve bona fide meals and brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries, and wineries that partner with a City-approved meal provider and serve bona fide meals during the same transaction as alcohol.

  • Bars where no meal service is provided with alcohol service must remain closed for indoor and outdoor operations. Breweries, distilleries, and wineries where no meal is provided with alcohol service must remain closed indoors.

  • Tables located within an indoor and outdoor dining area must be separated by at least eight feet to ensure that a physical distance of at least six feet between customers and workers at all times is achieved. In contrast, customers are seated and allow for passing rooms between tables and account for chairs being occupied by customers and pushed out while at the table. In-person dining by only members of a single household is strongly encouraged. Tables and chairs must be removed from dining areas so that guests can maintain 6 feet of physical distance for customers and workers at all times. If tables, chairs, booths, etc., cannot be moved, use visual cues to show that they are not available for use.

  • Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries (where meals are not served) may open outdoors only. Guests must remain seated at a table and must be limited to 90 minutes. Reservations required. Service for on-site consumption must close by 8 p.m. Indoor operations of breweries and distilleries are permitted only where the establishment sells alcohol in the same transaction as a bona fide meal provided by a City-approved meal provider. Bars and pubs must remain closed.

  • Gyms and Fitness Centers may open indoors with modifications, including a maximum of 10% capacity. Outdoor operations of gyms and fitness facilities are strongly encouraged. Climbing walls may reopen.

  • Retail may open indoors with modifications, including a maximum of 50% capacity (increased from 25% capacity).

  • Private Gatherings may be permitted indoors with face coverings but are strongly discouraged. Limited to three households and no more than 15 people total. Fully-vaccinated people may gather indoors in private settings only, without face coverings, with other fully-vaccinated people and/or with people who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease.

  • Museums, Galleries, Aquariums, and Botanical Gardens may open indoors with modifications, limited to 25% of maximum capacity.

  • Places of Worship may open indoors with modifications, including a maximum of 25% capacity. Outdoor services and cultural ceremonies are strongly recommended.

  • Movie Theaters may open indoors with modifications, including a maximum of 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.

  • Family Entertainment Centers - Standalone amusement attractions that operate independently and are located on distinct and separate grounds from other amusement attractions, such as a carousel, Ferris wheel, or train ride, may reopen outdoors only. All indoor family entertainment centers must remain closed.

  • Institutes of Higher Education may reopen all permitted activities with required safety modifications except residential housing, which remains under current restrictions for the Spring semester. The capacity of indoor lectures and student gatherings is limited to 25% of maximum occupancy or 100 people, whichever is less. Academic instruction via distance learning is strongly encouraged wherever possible.

  • Youth and Adult Sports - Outdoor low-, moderate- and high-contact sports are permitted to resume with modifications. All other sports, including sports, played indoors, may resume subject to additional requirements, which may be found in the City’s Youth and Adult Recreational Sports Protocol.

  • Outdoor Live Events (sports and live performances) may resume beginning April 1 with capacity limited 20% of maximum occupancy and limited to that in-state. Venues must implement a weekly worker testing program and other modifications by State guidance. Indoor live events remain prohibited.

Long Beach COVID-19 Update

  • 😷Confirmed Cases: 51,600 (+29)

  • 🙏Total Deaths: 882 (+3)

  • 🚑Total Hospitalizations: 152 (In LB area-hospitals 63)

  • 🛌 Total Recoveries 49,220

  • 🔬COVID Test Conducted:725,083

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