Long Beach Enters the Orange Tier: What to Expect

Long Beach, along with the rest of Los Angeles County, has advanced to the Orange Tier, which will ease COVID-19 influenced business restrictions despite growing fears of a possible spring surge.

  • 🧠: Keep this in mind: The three primary metrics that make up the State's tiered structure are the number of new daily cases, the positivity rate, and the health equity metric.

  • 🏃🏻‍♀️: Long Beach immediately jumped into orange-tier guidelines, whereas LA County will transition on Monday, April 5.

  • 🟧: LA County must be in the Orange Tier for a minimum of three weeks and maintain Yellow Tier numbers for two consecutive weeks. That would include a case rate of less than one new case (per 100k) daily, less than 2% positivity rate, and less than 2.2% health equity metric, according to the city.

What to expect:

The below is an overview of the revised Health Order, according to revised guidance issued by the State.

  • Restaurants may increase indoor capacity from 25% to 50% of maximum occupancy, or 200 people, whichever is fewer.

  • Brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries, and wineries without a City restaurant permit may operate indoors at the increased restaurant capacity only if the bar sells alcohol with a meal provided by a City-approved meal provider.

  • Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries, where no food is served, may operate indoors and outdoors without serving meals. Indoor capacity is limited to 25% of maximum occupancy, or 100 people, whichever is fewer.

  • Bars, where no meal service is provided, may operate outdoors. Bars may work indoors only if bona fide meals are served under restaurant protocols.

  • Indoor operations of bars that do not serve bona fide meals remain prohibited.

  • Gyms and Fitness Centers may increase indoor capacity from 10% to 25% of maximum occupancy. Indoor pools may open with modifications. Indoor hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms must remain closed.

  • Retail Establishments, including shopping centers, malls, and swap meets, may operate at average capacity without restrictions. Shopping centers with restaurants and other food facilities may work by the updated restaurant protocols.

  • Public and Private K-12 Schools may offer in-person graduation and commencement ceremonies, provided adherence to State guidelines.

  • Institutes of Higher Education may resume in-person instruction limited to 50% of maximum occupancy or 200 people per class, whichever is fewer. In-person graduation and commencement ceremonies may take place, provided adherence to State guidelines.

  • Museums, Galleries, Aquariums, and Botanical Gardens may operate indoors and outdoors with increased indoor capacity from 25% to 50% of maximum occupancy.

  • In-Person Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies may operate indoors with increased indoor capacity from 25% to 50%. Back office staff and management may work in person.

  • Movie Theaters may increase indoor capacity from 25% to 50% of maximum occupancy, or 200 people, whichever is fewer.

  • Outdoor Live Events (sports and live performances) may operate, beginning April 1, under the following restrictions and other State requirements. Indoor events remain prohibited.

  • Capacity is limited to 33% of maximum occupancy.

  • It is limited to in-state visitors only.

  • Venues may increase attendance capacity to 67% of maximum occupancy only if all guests provide a negative test result within 72 hours before attendance or show proof of complete vaccination.

  • Non-Critical Office Worksites may open indoors with modifications. Telework is strongly encouraged.

  • Youth and Adult Recreational Sports, including various outdoor low-, moderate-, and high-contact sports and indoor low-contact sports identified by the State, may resume with modifications.

  • Family Entertainment Centers may operate indoors and outdoors. Indoor capacity is limited to 25% of maximum occupancy, with groups consisting of members of the same household only. Indoor operations are limited to naturally distanced activities such as indoor bumper cars, indoor batting cages, bowling alleys, escape rooms, virtual reality, and kiddie rides.

  • Amusement and Theme Parks may resume indoor and outdoor operations, beginning April 1, with modifications, including total park occupancy of 25% for both indoor and outdoor operations, in addition to other State requirements.

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