City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the lifting of the Regional Stay at Home Order, allowing counties to return to the color-coded tier system that allows for reopening based on case numbers per 100,000 population and the positivity rate among people who have taken COVID-19 tests. The Governor lifted the order because it is projected that Southern California will have over 15% hospital ICU capacity in one month. Los Angeles County, which includes Long Beach, will return to the purple tier under the State of California Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The City will issue an updated Health Order to reflect this change and continue to limit COVID-19 spread in the community.
Long Beach will be aligning with the State’s purple tier, subject to certain restrictions to help limit further transmission of COVID-19. Hospitalization rates continue to be concerning. However, over the past two weeks, Long Beach-area hospitalizations have declined from 578 to 433 and the unadjusted intensive care unit (ICU) capacity has recently increased from 9% to 11% of ICU beds available. While the slowing of new cases, the reduction in hospitalizations and slowly increasing ICU capacity allows for the limited reopening of certain sectors, it is critical to remember that Long Beach continues to see hundreds of new cases each day and dozens of deaths each week. The pandemic is far from over. All residents are still required to wear a face covering, maintain physical distance from others and are strongly urged to avoid gatherings to slow the spread.
Effective Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, the Long Beach Health Department will issue a revised Health Order lifting the restrictions in the Regional Stay at Home Order. Examples of major sectors that will now be permitted under the purple tier in Long Beach as of Tuesday, subject to modifications including physical distancing and requiring face coverings, include:
Places of worship may continue to operate outdoors. Gyms can continue outdoor operations, and indoor retail will continue, subject to capacity limitations.
The Health Order on Tuesday will define the various restrictions to be put in place based on a review of the health data and decisions by the City’s Health Officer. Until the Health Order is issued, all current restrictions stay in place. There will be further information tomorrow on the specific requirements for each sector to open safely.