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Long Beach Cancels All Large Scale Events Through April 2020

Release Date: 2020-03-12

Long Beach is canceling all large events and gatherings of more than 250 people through April. This will affect events like the Grand Prix of Long Beach and Beach Streets. We are releasing guidelines to follow for all organizations and citywide facilities.

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. 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.
March 10-14 - Western Pool and Spa Show
March 10-16 - CPRS Annual Conference
March 12-15 - Spotlight Events
March 20-22 - 4 Wheel Parts Truck & Jeep Fest
March 20-23 - West Coast Elite Dance
March 21 - Beach Streets University
March 21- Long Beach STS
March 21 - Long Beach POPS - Broadway Blockbusters
March 24-27 - NAPNAP Conference
March 27 - Funk N Funny Comedy & Concert
March 28 - Touch a Truck
March 29 - WTUI 2020
March 31 - HOSA State Leadership Conference
April 1-2 - Womenshelter Event
April 3-4 - Black and White Ball
April 3-4 - Jim Jeffries/AEG
April 4 - WBFF/John’s Holds
April 5 - Stagepoint Productions Concert
April 5 - Grand Prix 5K
April 7 - Cambodian New Year Parade
April 7 - Grand Prix Press Day/Grand Prix View
April 8-12 - Regional Dance America/Pacific
April 9-11 - Formula Drift
April 9 - YMCA Good Friday Breakfast
April 17-19 - Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
April 18-30 - Disney on Ice
April 21-22 - CSULB Economic Forecast Breakfast
April 22-26 - Herbalife Development Leadership Weekend
April 22-27 - South Bay Home and Garden Show
April 25-30 - ISA Automation Week
April 25 - Magnolia Public Schools STEAM Expo
April 26 - Walk for Kids
April 30 - Shen Yun 2020

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:

  • Concerts, conferences, sporting events (if attendees number greater than 250, or where attendees cannot maintain a six-foot distance).
  • Smaller gatherings of fewer than 250 people shall be canceled or postponed if attendees are unable to maintain a six-foot distance.
  • Gatherings of people at high risk for serious illness shall consist of no more than 10 people
    • This includes gatherings at retirement facilities, assisted living facilities, developmental homes and support groups for people with health conditions.
  • Any other event that brings people into a single room, indoor or outdoor space and applies to all nonessential gatherings, regardless of their sponsors.

This guidance and direction does NOT apply to:

Schools, workplaces and regular places of business, including movie theaters, stores, malls, casinos, senior centers, daycare centers (senior and daycare centers should limit communal gatherings, however), dormitories, public transportation and theme parks.

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.