The new ordinance will not affect restaurants, but the city “strongly recommends” they require vaccination, too.
Long Beach health officials announced late Wednesday they will require face coverings at “mega” outdoor events, along with proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for large indoor events.
Long Beach Unified, the city’s largest employer, stopped short of requiring vaccinations Wednesday, but the superintendent strongly encouraged teachers and students to get the vaccine.
Among his many firsts, Joseph Castro is the first chancellor to begin his tenure in the midst of a pandemic that forced a major overhaul in the way higher education is conducted.
Long Beach recorded 105 cases and one new death at the end of a week that has seen steadily increasing indicators of the virus’ spread.
If Long Beach were still under California’s old coronavirus rules, the number of cases would have already triggered sweeping economic restrictions.
The quick spread of the virus promoted city and county health officials to issue a new health order this week requiring masks indoors, regardless of a person’s vaccination status.
“We were thinking there were going to be really difficult cuts this year,” Mayor Robert Garcia said at a Friday media briefing. The passage of the federal American Recovery Act “absolutely changed everything about our budget.”
Long Beach tiene su propio departamento de salud y puede decidir si seguir el condado o dejar sus reglas actuales sin cambios. Por ahora, Long Beach no ha ordenado un mandato de máscara.
The new county mandate—a result of rising cases amid a new, more contagious variant—will take effect at 11:59 p.m. Saturday; it wasn’t immediately when Long Beach will institute the new requirement.