• Matt Esnayra

MTLB Updates on Coronavirus: 28 people have tested positive in LB, Belmont Pier, El Dorado Closed

Updated: Mar 24, 2020

New Developments on March 24

  • The city has closed Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, the El Dorado Nature Center, and parking lots at City-owned parks and beaches through April 19.

  • Los Angeles County health officials announced four new deaths related to COVID-19, including a child under 18 years old who had the novel coronavirus.

  • Trump says he wants the country to be "opened up and just raring to go by Easter,"


  • India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the entire country will be locked down for 21 days.

News Developments on March 23:

  • A female Long Beach resident died from "complications of COVID-19," the first fatality of the virus in Long Beach. L.B health officials said the patient was in her 50's with underlying health conditions.

  • 2020 Toyko Olympics has been postponed to 2021.

  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a stay at home order, thus placing the U.K on lockdown.

News Developments on March 22:

  • Mayor Garcia announced it was closing basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, dog parks, playgrounds, skate parks, picnic areas and banning group exercise in parks.

News Developments on March 21:

  • LB's Community Hospital delays its opening during coronavirus crisis.

  • WorkPlace job center will remain open.

  • L.B Transit is modifying its service schedule in response to the outbreak. Buses will operate from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. The schedule will run until further notice.

  • 15 positive results, 4 people have recovered, and approximately 140 people have been or are currently being monitored

News Developments on March 20:

  • Long Beach school officials announced that schools will be closed until May 3

  • LB City gov adds salons, barbershops, nail salons, waxing services, cosmetology spa services, such as facials, massages, and body scrubs electrolysis as non-essential services.

News Developments on March 19:

  • 12 positive results, 3 people have recovered, and 130 people currently being monitored.

  • Gov. Newsom issues a state-wide stay at home order to 40 million Californians

News Developments on March 18:

  • VA Long Beach hospital is treating a veteran with the #coronavirus and is no longer allowing visitors at its facility due to the possible risk - PTLB reporting

  • 10 people have tested positive.

  •  Approximately 130 persons currently being monitored

News Developments on March 17:

  • Lakewood Center Mall and Los Cerritos Center Mall has reduced its hours.

  • 3 new cases of the coronavirus in Long Beach, bringing the total confirmed cases in the city to eight.

  • The LB City Council voted unanimously for an economic relief ordinance, which included a 30-day ban on commercial and residential evictions.

News Developments on March 16: In Long Beach

  • Reeastruats & coffee shops can only offer take-out orders.

  • Bars, wineries, pubs, and nightclubs are to remain close.

  • Gyms, movie theaters, bowling alleys, and arcades are also to remain shut down in order to stunt the spread of the coronavirus

  • The city of Long Beach will temporarily suspend issuing street sweeping parking citations through Friday, March 20, 2020

  • Mayor Garcia said, "we are putting a one-week pause as it relates to tickets and street sweeping" and the city will be issuing a "parking plan".

  • L.B.U.S.D is offering meals to all children, not just students of the district.

News Developments on March 15: In Long Beach

  • In accordance with Governor Newsom's recent announcement, Long Beach will close all bars, wineries, nightclubs and any other business whose primary function is the serving of alcoholic beverages in an effort to limit the spread of the contagious coronavirus.

  • Long Beach City Councilman Roberto Uranga announced he and his wife will isolate themselves for two weeks after a fellow member on the California Coastal Commission revealed he tested positive for the coronavirus. - LBP

Long Beach guidance to restaurants includes the following:

  • A list of bars will be provided on www.longbeach.gov/COVID19. Bars include, but are not limited to, taverns (including bars, pubs, cocktail lounges, and similar establishments) and alcoholic beverage manufacturing facilities

  • A list of defined restaurants will be provided on www.longbeach.gov/COVID19. Restaurants include, but are not limited to, establishments engaged in the preparation and sale of food for immediate consumption with seating for customers to consume on-site.

  • Restaurants are encouraged to practice social distancing when serving customers, with spacing 6 feet apart wherever possible, including when standing in line or waiting for food.

  • Restaurants are encouraged to create areas for pickup of food that are separated from areas to provide for 6 feet of social distancing Per the Governor’s announcement to reduce occupancy by half, Long Beach recommends restaurants only admit half as many patrons as its posted occupancy allows per the Long Beach Fire Department


Homeless Services team, has instituted the following new measures to minimize the risk of the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Installing soap dispensers, handwashing stations or hand sanitizer stations at strategic locations throughout the city, including public restrooms.

  • Outreach by City teams to provide direct, in-person services and educate the community about how to recognize the symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if one begins experiencing those symptoms.

  • New protocols by the Winter Shelter and Multi-Service Center, including disinfecting frequently touched objects, providing masks to clients who are coughing, installing hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations to ensure good hygiene and posting educational signage in multiple languages.

  • Shower services remain available with social distancing protocols in place. Homeless Services will distribute sanitation kits to people experiencing homelessness.

  • Identifying isolation rooms to house people experiencing homelessness who exhibit symptoms.

  • The City will pay for the cost of quarantine, should the need arise. Instituting precautions for all employees engaged in providing in-person services to people experiencing homelessness, including observing social distancing, wearing masks and stepping up sanitation procedures before and after each interaction.


  • Ralphs and Food 4 Less Closes at 8 pm, Vons closes at 11 pm.

  • Ralphs was only letting 50 people in the store at a time during the morning hours.


  • Nike is closing all stores in the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand from Monday through March 27, per Complex.

  • Ohio Gov. DeWine says he is issuing an order closing all bars and restaurants in Ohio beginning at 9 p.m. tonight - NBC News

  • New York City schools will be closed due to coronavirus concerns.

  • San Bernardino County has reported its first case of the Coronavirus today. The patient is a 53-year-old woman, who recently traveled to London. She is currently hospitalized at the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center. - KTLA

  • California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that all bars, wineries, and brewpubs to close and that those who have chronic illnesses and elderly people to stay inside. Reasuturasts must reduce capacity by half.

News Developments on March 14: In Long Beach

  • A 5th person in Long Beach has tested positive for the coronavirus, the patient has been identified as a woman in her 60's who is in stable condition in a local hospital. It’s Long Beach's first case of community transmission. (Community transmission means the virus has spread among the local population).

  • Ralphs, Food 4 Less, and Vons are closing earlier.

  • Mayor Garcia announced nearly all of the city facilities will be closed to the public, including City Hall, parks, and Libraries.

  • City Hall and the Port Administration Building will be closed to the public through March 31.

  • City Hall will transition to online services.

  • Park's buildings will be closed to the public through March 31.

  • Long Beach Animal Care Services will remain open.

  • All youth and adult sporting activities are suspended through March 31.

  • Public city libraries will be closed through March 31.

  • The City Council meetings of March 24 and April 7, 2020, will be canceled or conducted by teleconference.

  • Jail visitation will be curtailed with the exception of clergy and lawyers.

News Developments on March 13: In Long Beach

L.B.U.S.D Closes Schools Starting March 16th:

  • Mayor Robert Garcia announced via twitter that L.B.U.S.D will be closing all campuses for the next five weeks.

  • Students with special needs won't be receiving any special education services or support.

  • L.B.U.S.D officials are considering online classes, hard-copy packets, and textbooks.

  • Approximately 12% of students don’t have access to the internet at home, Steinhauser said internet hotspots will be made available to those who need them.

  • L.B.U.S.D won't provide childcare.

  • Students who rely on school lunches will be offered grab-and-go prepared meals at every school (except for CA Academy for Math and Science) from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. for breakfast and lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m for the first week of the closure.

  • Classes will resume on Monday, April 20


Mayor Garcia announced city council meetings would be held via teleconference.

  • Long Beach has Received 1,000 Test Kits for the Coronavirus, per LBP

  • L.B Water Department will suspend shunt offs during the crisis.

News Developments on March 12th:

  • So Cal Edison is suspending disconnections

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