Long Beach, CA - In a proactive effort to minimize COVID-19 exposure, the City of Long Beach will expand on the guidance issued by Governor Gavin Newsom with regard to the management and subsequent cancellation and/or postponement of events with an estimated attendance of 250 or more people. Today, Long Beach Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, signed a declaration that prohibits all large-scale events in the city. This declaration is effective immediately and will remain in effect through April 30, 2020, unless further action is taken by the Health Officer to lessen or expand the order.
This order applies to all social, spiritual, recreational and business activities including, but not limited to: community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based and sporting events; parades; concerts; festivals; conventions; fundraisers and similar activities.
“We recognize that this decision affects tens of thousands of residents and visitors, and for some will create immense financial hardship,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “But our top priority must be the health and well-being of our community and this is absolutely the right thing to do.”
Canceled/postponed events include but are not limited to those listed below. Other canceled events will be listed at www.longbeach.gov/covid19 as they are reported to the City.
The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach has taken place for the last 45 years. It is the city’s most popular event and is attended by approximately 180,000 people annually. The City looks forward to working with Grand Prix Association of Long Beach as well as other promoters to find solutions for holding their events at a later date as the situation warrants.
Additional guidance and direction from the State of California includes the cancellation or postponement of:
This guidance and direction does NOT apply to:
The City of Long Beach, in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services, will regularly revisit this action and make adjustments accordingly and further guidance will be issued as necessary. The safety of the public will remain at the forefront of the City’s decision-making process.
About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.