Long Beach lifts coronavirus stay-at-home orders
City officials announced Monday that Long Beach would be aligning with LA County and the rest of the state in lifting stay at home orders. Long Beach will be allowing outdoor dining and the reopening of personal care services but at limited capacity starting Tuesday, Jan 26.
Why it matters:
Many businesses have spent thousands of dollars to stay afloat during the pandemic, like building outdoor patios and pivoting their entire business model. On Dec 23, Newsom installed stricter stay at home orders that halted in-person dining, placed travel restrictions for people driving within the state, and limited gatherings with different households.
By the Numbers (Long Beach only):
46,477 total positive results (+994)
Seven-day positivity rate: 12.3%
91.7 seven-day case rate per 100K population
433 total COVID-19 hospitalizations in area hospitals
Approximately 34,784 recovered
634,162 total tests conducted
Information as of Jan 23 from the City of Long Beach
What can you do:
Starting Tuesday, the city will allow sectors like restaurants and personal care services to operate but under limitations, according to a city's statement.
Restaurants can operate in-person outdoor dining but have to prevent congestion, adhere to social distancing, and require guests and staff to wear masks.
Tables will have to be eight feet apart to maintain a constant six-foot separation between tables and strongly encouraging dining for households only to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Indoor personal care services include tanning salons, esthetician, skincare and cosmetology services; electrology; body art professionals, tattoo parlors, microblading, and permanent makeup; piercing shops; and massage therapy and setting capacity limits based on the ability to maintain six feet of distance between customers.
Hotels, motels, lodging, shared rental units, and other similar facilities for all types of travel, including tourism and individual travel.
Outdoor operations of museums, zoos, and aquariums
Limited gatherings of no more than three households, with gatherings allowed outdoors only
Places of worship may continue to operate outdoors. Gyms can continue outdoor operations, and indoor retail will continue, subject to capacity limitations.
Governor Newsom's decision to remove stay-at-home orders and returned the state to the previous color-coded four-tier system arrives as the Southern California region's intensive care unit capacity remains at zero percent as of Saturday, according to Newsweek.
Los Angeles County has become the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, with over 15,000 COVID-19 related deaths, with 5,000 people have died from COVID-19 in LA County since Dec 30.
Newsom says the state's current projections estimate that the Southern California region's ICU capacity will reach 33.3% by Feb 21.
One more thing: "After a winter surge, coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are beginning to decline across the state. But compared to when the governor established the stay-at-home order framework last month, total confirmed cases have more than doubled, daily confirmed cases have increased, the seven- and 14-day positivity rates are higher and ICU capacity is lower in each region of the state except Northern California, according to the most recent state data available," the LA Times writes.
What you could do: