City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 101520-2
Long Beach Health Order Will Allow for Gatherings Consisting of Three Households
Changes Require Strict COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
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Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services will issue an updated Health Order allowing for private gatherings consisting of no more than three households in accordance with protocols to control the spread of COVID-19. The changes are effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, and are in alignment with the State and County of Los Angeles guidelines.

The updated Health Order and protocols will be issued later today. An overview of changes is below.

  • Allows private gatherings of up to three households; gatherings that include more than three households, including hosts and guests, continue to be prohibited.  
  • The up-to-three households that choose to privately gather or interact together must remain constant or stable over time. 
  • Persons from the households who do choose to privately gather together should discuss and agree upon rules for reducing the risk of exposure among attendees.
  • The host household of the private gathering should collect names and contact information for all attendees in the event that contact tracing may be needed later.
  • All private gatherings must be held outside. Indoor gatherings are prohibited.
  • Private gatherings may occur in outdoor spaces that are covered by umbrellas, canopies, roofs and other shade structures provided that at least 75% of the space is open to outdoors
  • Multiple private gatherings of three households may not be organized or coordinated to occur in the same outdoor space at the same time.
  • Private gatherings should be limited to two hours or less in duration.
  • All attendees must wear a face covering at all times, unless eating or drinking, and must follow six-foot physical distancing guidelines and adhere to proper hand hygiene.
  • Singing, chanting, shouting and physical exertion are discouraged as these activities release respiratory droplets into the air.
  • Anyone who develops COVID-19 within 48 hours after attending a private gathering must notify the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services as well as other attendees as soon as possible. 
This action was put in place by the City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, and in accordance with the Emergency Powers granted to the City Manager through the Proclamation of Local Emergency. It is effective as of October 15 and will continue until it is extended, rescinded or amended in writing by the Health Officer.

In August, the State unveiled its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a framework for tracking the spread of COVID-19 and establishing reopening guidelines using a four-tier color-coded system. On Oct. 13, the State announced counties falling in the purple tier, such as the County of Los Angeles, which includes Long Beach, could allow the above operations to resume with modifications. 

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