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- On March 14, the City of Long Beach announced temporary precautionary changes to City operations in order to reduce the risk of community spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). These changes were put into place to protect City employees and the public who use City services.
- Operational changes -- in effect Monday, March 16 until further notice -- limit access to City Hall, and temporarily closes City libraries and public facilities across Long Beach.
- View Department of Health and Human Service changes.
- The City temporarily suspended issuing street sweeping parking citations to give some relief to residents who are struggling. Street sweeping will continue standard operations where the street sweeper can effectively sweep the streets. Regular street sweeping schedules and enforcement practices will resume on Monday, May 18, 2020.
- Residents living in parking impacted neighborhoods can apply for a free parking permit for specified lots and garages. A list of lots and garages as well as applications can be found at the COVID-19 Street Parking Relief page.
- Additionally, the City increased the courtesy parking time for on-street parking meters to 15 minutes to accommodate those picking up food from our local restaurants
- To aid residents and businesses financially during this difficult time, the City will be suspending penalties and interest for late payments of utilities and parking citations, business license fees and library fines that are incurred beginning March 15 (continuing until further notice). The City also will be returning City park fees or other City fees for canceled activities and events at City facilities.
- Long Beach Airport remains open for business and has dedicated staff cleaning and disinfecting on an hourly basis in order to protect the health and safety of our passengers and employees.
- All passengers, employees, and visitors must wear facial coverings while on airport property.
- Airlines that serve Long Beach Airport have instituted more rigorous cleaning protocols after each flight to minimize the risk of COVID-19.
- The current CDC guidance on whether it is safe to fly domestically is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html.
- Refer to CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel
EDUCATION AND ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS
The LBUSD school closures were extended through the end of the academic year, or June 11. School had been tentatively scheduled to resume on Monday, May 4. Graduation ceremonies will not go forward as scheduled. Visit lbusd.k12.ca.us for information about Long Beach Unified School District’s response to COVID-19, including information about school closure, home learning opportunities, and meal schedule (the district will continue to provide free meals for children at 34 locations).
The Long Beach Health Department's Early Childhood Education Program has provided a resource to help families to navigate these unusual circumstances; The list includes information on digital learning platforms, advice on setting learning schedules, virtual field trips, food options and more:https://bit.ly/392VB75
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Visit csulb.edu/covid-19 for information about CSULB’s response to COVID-19, including virtual instruction, building closure, event postponement, and other actions taken to increase social distancing.
Visit lbcc.edu/coronavirus for information about Long Beach City College’s response to COVID-19, including information for students, faculty, and staff.
The City is working very closely with the local hospitals to anticipate surge and figure out the best way to support them as this situation unfolds.
NEIGHBORING PUBLIC HEALTH JURISDICTIONS
The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services operates as a jurisdiction separate from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH). The two agencies along with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) coordinate a regional response with the State of California Department of Public Health.
View LADPH’s webpage for COVID-19 for information related to Los Angeles County’s response.
View OCHCA’s webpage for COVID-19 for information related to Orange County’s response.
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- State Information: California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
- Federal Information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Global Information: World Health Organization (WHO)