New Long Beach City Health Order

(January 27, 2021) The City of Long Beach has released a new Safer at Home Order, effective yesterday, that allows some sectors to reopen under new guidelines and also allows for small outdoor gatherings. The City Order comes after the Regional Stay at Home Order was lifted on Monday because it is projected that Southern California will have a 15% intensive care unit (ICU) capacity within four weeks.

Highlights are provided below and individual business sectors will receive direct outreach from the Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) outlining their specific protocols under the Health Order.

  • The 10 PM to 5 AM curfew put into effect on November 21 is rescinded.
  • Gatherings are limited to no more than 15 people from no more than three households, with gatherings allowed outdoors only.
  • Outdoor dining may resume. Tables must be spaced 8 feet, with no more than 6 people at each table. Face masks may only be removed by seated customers when they are eating or drinking.
  • Personal care services may resume indoor operations. Capacity limits are determined by the ability to maintain 6 feet of distance between customers.
  • Outdoor operations at museums, zoos, and aquariums may resume.
  • Standalone grocery establishments are limited to 50% of maximum capacity.
  • Retail businesses are limited to 25% of maximum capacity.
  • Places of worship may continue to operate outdoors.
  • Gyms can continue outdoor operations.

Please note that while infection and hospitalization rates of COVID-19 are decreasing, it is critical that we all adhere to health protocols and continue to wear masks and physically distance whenever we leave our homes. Vaccinations may be underway, but it will be months before the entire community is immunized. In the meantime, please continue to protect yourselves, families, friends, co-workers, and neighbors by doing your best to slow the spread. We encourage our community members to visit VAXLB for general information and to learn when you will be eligible for a vaccine appointment.

Questions may be directed to DLBA Communications Manager Samantha Mehlinger at SamanthaM@dlba.org. Businesses may reach out to DLBA Economic Development & Policy Manager Austin Metoyer at AustinM@dlba.org.




Vaccination Eligibility Update

(January 19, 2021) The City of Long Beach has launched a new web portal, VAXLB, to show its progress in vaccinating the community against COVID-19 and to keep residents informed of their eligibility. Visit the site for general information and to learn when you will be eligible for a vaccine appointment. Please click here for notifications.

According to VAXLB and a press conference held by Mayor Robert Garcia today, the City is currently vaccinating health care workers, seniors 65 and older, government emergency response workers, and long-term care facility residents.

Mayor Garcia also announced that this week the City is beginning to set up appointments for food service and grocery workers through their worksites. Appointments for educators will begin to be scheduled through their work sites next week.

The Downtown Long Beach Alliance is regularly updating its COVID-19 Resource page with information related to vaccine eligibility. Please bookmark this page and check back for updates: https://downtownlongbeach.org/covid-19-updates/. Additionally, please share this resource with your friends and neighbors.

Stay at Home Order Update: Please be advised that the Southern California Regional Stay at Home Order remains in effect and will stay in place until intensive care unit (ICU) availability at regional hospitals reaches 15%. ICU capacity is currently 0%. To track the Stay at Home Order and ICU capacity, DLBA has installed an automatically updating widget created by the State of California on our COVID-19 Resource Page.

Questions may be directed to DLBA Communications Manager Samantha Mehlinger at SamanthaM@dlba.org. Businesses may reach out to DLBA Economic Development & Policy Manager Austin Metoyer at AustinM@dlba.org.

Encourage your Downtown neighbors to sign up for DTLB Advisories by sharing the following link: eepurl.com/hg8SWH




Revised Stay at Home Order Begins Tonight (Dec. 6)

(December 6, 2020)  Today at 11:59 PM, a revised Stay at Home Order will be put in place for Southern California reporting area due to the region’s shrinking intensive care unit (ICU) capacity, which is now 10.3%. The order will remain in place for at least three weeks, after which point it may be lifted if ICU bed capacity projected out for four weeks is equal or greater than 15%. This would be assessed approximately twice a week.

The City of Long Beach has stated it will update its own Health Order today to align with requirements set forth by the State. The updated order will be posted here: http://longbeach.gov/health/diseases-and-condition/information-on/coronavirus/covid-19-orders/

The revised Stay at Home Order will put the following rules in place:

  • No gatherings outside of households.
  • Residents must stay at home, except to conduct essential activities.
  • Sectors considered nonessential will be closed. These include personal care services, hair salons/barbershops, wineries, bars, breweries, distilleries, movie theaters, etc. (Click here for a full list as explained by the Long Beach Post).
  • Restaurants may only operate takeout and delivery service.
  • Retail capacity is limited to 20%.

Click here to read the full Stay at Home Order and click here to review the State’s FAQ page.

This is an incredibly difficult time for Downtown residents, businesses, workers, and property owners, and for the community at large. The Downtown Long Beach Alliance understands the stress and financial strain these restrictions are having on our stakeholders, and we will continue to keep you informed of resources to assist you through this time. Please visit our COVID-19 Resource Page for updated resources.

The health of our community and the ability for hospitals to accommodate patients is of the utmost importance. We urge you to wear a mask whenever you leave your home and to employ best health and safety practices.

Questions may be directed to DLBA Communications Manager Samantha Mehlinger at SamanthaM@dlba.org. Businesses may reach out to DLBA Economic Development & Policy Manager Austin Metoyer at AustinM@dlba.org.




Southern California Safer at Home Order Expected Within Days

(December 3, 2020) Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that due to the steeply increasing rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations and infections, regions of California where hospital intensive care unit (ICU) bed capacity is less than 15% will be subject to a Safer at Home Order. This new Order will direct residents to cease gathering with others outside their households, limit nonessential travel, limit capacity on retail stores to 20%, shut down restaurants except for takeout and delivery, and close the following sectors: personal care services, hair salons/barbershops, bars, and wineries.

Southern California is expected to fall under these restrictions within days due to its regional ICU capacity. Once enacted, the Safer at Home Order would last for at least three weeks. Regions will have 48 hours to comply with the order after the announcement. After three weeks, the Order would be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial three weeks.

According to Newsom, statewide hospitalizations related to COVID-19 increased by 86% in the last 14 days. Mayor Robert Garcia announced two days ago that hospitalizations in the Long Beach area have increased 413% within the last 30 days – 29 patients to 149 patients. The ICU occupancy at these five hospitals is 64%. There has been a 313% increase in new reported COVID-19 cases over the past month, according to Garcia.

The current rising rates are expected to increase even more sharply within weeks due to infections caused by Thanksgiving gatherings. Newsom explained he is taking this action to ensure California’s hospitals have enough capacity to care for residents.

The Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) understands that these restrictions will undoubtedly cause further strain to our community, particularly struggling businesses and their workers. DLBA will continue to keep the community informed of resources to assist them through these advisories and our COVID-19 Resource Page. Businesses are encouraged to sign up for DLBA’s bi-weekly Business Resource Newsletter by clicking here.

NEW FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESSES

This week, the State of California announced additional financial support available to small and medium sized businesses. Information about these programs will be posted to www.Covid19.ca.gov. These include:

  • Sales Tax Deferral: California is allowing businesses generating less than $1 million in sales tax to automatically defer their sales tax payment for three months.
  • The Main Street Tax Credit: $1,000 per qualified employee and up to $100,000 for each business employer.
  • COVID-19 Relief Funds: $500 million in COVID relief funds will be available for small businesses, nonprofits, and cultural institutions, which are eligible for grants of up to $35,000 each.

Local financial aid opportunities for restaurants announced this week include:

  • The Keep Los Angeles County Dining Grant Program: Grants of up to $30,000 are provided to restaurants for use in working capital, employee payroll, outstanding business expenses, and adaptive business practices needed to remain open. The application period closes this Sunday, December 6, at 11:59 PM OR when 2,500 applications are received – whichever comes first. Previous beneficiaries of L.A. County CARES Act funding are ineligible. Click here for more information: keeplacountydining.lacda.org
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia has also announced plans for assistance for the restaurant industry. His $5 million Restaurant, Brewery & Bar Resiliency Fund will be considered by the Long Beach City Council on Tuesday, December 8. If approved, the initiative would leverage anticipated federal COVID-19 stimulus funding to assist businesses that are closed or have limited operations due to health orders.

 




Long Beach & LA County Dine-In Service Must Cease for 3 Weeks

(November 22, 2020) Effective Wednesday at 10 PM, Los Angeles County including Long Beach restaurants, breweries, wineries, and bars must suspend dine-in services and will only be allowed to offer drive-thru, pick-up, and delivery services for at least three weeks.

Click here to read a statement from Dr. Anissa Davis, Long Beach Health Officer. An updated City Health order with further details is forthcoming.

This change to health protocols is due to the new infection rate of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County and within Long Beach. Last week, the County had announced that these restrictions would be put in place if the five-day average of new infections topped 4,000 – today, the five-day average reached 4,097.

According to Dr. Davis, local COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased 200% since November 1, and over the past two weeks the number of new cases has increased by more than 120%.

Should the five-day average of cases reach 4,500 or more, or hospitalizations reach more than 2,000 per day, a more targeted L.A. County Safer at Home Order will be put in place for at least three weeks. That Order would allow only essential and emergency workers and those securing essential services to leave their homes.

The Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) understands that these restrictions will undoubtedly make things more difficult for businesses and is at the ready as a resource for information and assistance in navigating changing rules on business operations. We encourage restaurants who have not already done so to sign up for the Dine Out DTLB interactive map of restaurants, which is currently being advertised online through Los Angeles Magazine as well as on DLBA’s social media channels, which have extensive reach. To sign up, click here.

Although these restrictions are difficult, compliance with health protocols is critical to curb the current rise in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. Now is the time to double down on wearing masks, distancing, and employing health and safety protocols at local businesses. DLBA will continue to inform its stakeholders of new regulations as they occur, and to provide resources and tools to aid in compliance – and DLBA does urge compliance. Adhering to health protocols and best practices will help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and it is the ONLY way to avoid another full shutdown.

Questions may be directed to DLBA Communications Manager Samantha Mehlinger at SamanthaM@dlba.org. Businesses may reach out to DLBA Economic Development & Policy Manager Austin Metoyer at AustinM@dlba.org.




Statewide Curfew Announced; City Enacts New Health Protocols

(November 19, 2020) Due to a significant rise in COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations, the State of California and City of Long Beach have issued updated health protocols to prevent the spread of the virus. Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that beginning Saturday, November 21, a new limited Safer at Home Order will be in place requiring non-essential work, movement and gatherings to stop between 10 PM and 5 AM in counties in the Purple Tier, which includes Los Angeles County. This order will remain in effect for one month, until December 21.

The City of Long Beach has announced new health protocols, the most significant of which are capacity limits and curfews for certain businesses, and stricter rules about gatherings and face mask requirements. These updated guidelines go into effect Friday, November 20, at noon. You can read a summary of these changes by clicking here, and highlights for businesses are listed below the body of this email. Read the City’s full updated Health Order by clicking here.

The context for these actions is critical. The COVID-19 infection rate has doubled both within L.A. County and statewide since the beginning of November. Today, Los Angeles County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis reported the highest increase in COVID-19 infections in a single day since the start of the pandemic: 5,031. Davis said that if the current trajectory of new infections and hospitalizations continues, the County could face a strict stay-at-home order/shutdown as soon as Sunday, November 22. Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of the L.A. County Health Department, has expressed that if health protocols are followed and the current infection and hospitalization rates are curbed, a shutdown could be avoided.

The Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) understands that additional restrictions on operations will undoubtedly make things more difficult for businesses. However, compliance with health protocols is critical to curb the current rise in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. Now is the time to double down on wearing masks, distancing, and employing health and safety protocols at local businesses. DLBA will continue to inform its stakeholders of new regulations as they occur, and to provide resources and tools to aid in compliance – and DLBA does urge compliance. Adhering to health protocols and best practices will help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and it is the ONLY way to avoid another shutdown.

To attempt to curb the increase in infections, the City of Long Beach is implementing the following rules beginning Friday, November 20, at noon.

Business Regulations:

  • Restaurants, breweries, wineries, and bars that serve sit-down dine-meals and non-essential retail businesses, must close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day. The last customer must be seated and finish their meal in time for the business to be completely closed by 10 p.m.
  • Restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that offer outdoor in-person dining should achieve no more than 50% maximum occupancy by separating different tables by eight feet. This requirement is to ensure that a physical distance of six feet between customers and workers is achieved while customers are seated.
  • Non-essential businesses including retail stores and personal care services, and offices for essential businesses, healthcare operations, or essential infrastructure, may operate at no more than 25% maximum occupancy.
  • Outdoor family entertainment centers (such as those located in public parks, batting cages, and mini golf courses) may operate at no more than 50% maximum occupancy to ensure a minimum six-foot distance between members of different households.
  • Personal care services businesses may only perform services by appointment and may not perform any services that require either the customer or staff to remove face coverings. Customers may not consume food or beverages.

Please reach out to Communications Manager Samantha Mehlinger at SamanthaM@dlba.org if you have any questions about this information. Business operators may also contact Austin Metoyer, DLBA Economic Development & Policy Manager at AustinM@dlba.org.

Visit DLBA’s COVID-19 Resource Page for business assistance information, government health regulations, and more