State officials also announced new guidance for professional sporting events, which can allow in-person attendance at 20% capacity in counties that are in the “orange,” or third tier of the state’s matrix.
Although coronavirus hospitalizations have been generally trending downward since July, health officials still fear a potential spike in hospital demand if the region experiences a severe flu season while the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging.
Los Angeles County tattoo shops, including at least four in Long Beach, have reopened for business in the wake of an ongoing lawsuit against the state. The lawyer representing tattoo shop owners, however, said the state will make an official announcement regarding tattoo businesses Tuesday.
Long Beach officials will be reducing traffic lanes along Atlantic Avenue in the heart of the Bixby Knolls business corridor to reduce speeding traffic and to open up the street for outdoor dining.
The new health order, effective today, is a departure from earlier guidance that only households who live together as a unit gather.
Dooley Elementary School has been closed for two weeks after two people at the school tested positive for the virus.
The city, meanwhile, is still trying to figure out what to do about business license fees. In a Oct. 9 memo, officials said they have been “looking at whether the services paid for by business fees are actually being provided by the City” and are looking at other relief options to present to the City Council in November.
Officials said businesses have generally been complying with public health protocols designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but compliance hasn’t been universal.
State and county officials also this week released guidance on Halloween, with trick-or-treating being “strongly discouraged.”
Eight out of nine Long Beach council members, including Mayor Robert Garcia, took a voluntary pay cut to their salaries as the city furloughed its staff to help with a budget shortfall due mostly to the COVID-19 health pandemic.