Even as hospitalization rates continue to rise in Long Beach, state and city officials are slowly reopening the economy. This week, officials announced gyms, day camps, museums and more were allowed to reopen with proper physical distancing protocols in place.

The city’s health department said they will be monitoring the data over the next week to determine when to reopen more businesses, like bars and entertainment centers.

These reopenings rely heavily on people and businesses all following the rules in place to slow the spread of coronavirus: You still need to physically distance by 6 feet and wear a face covering when you expect to pass within 6 feet of people outside your household. And businesses must establish and abide by disinfecting and physical distancing protocols before they open. You also still can’t gather with people outside our households (that’s not until Stage 3).

What’s newly open in Long Beach and Los Angeles County:

  • Gyms and fitness facilities
  • Professional sports without live audiences
  • Day camps for kids
  • Museums, galleries and the Aquarium
  • Campgrounds, RV parks, and outdoor recreation
  • Music, film and television production
  • Hotels, lodging, and certain short-term rentals for tourism and individual travel

Late Friday, the city also said a new health order will allow wider use of recreational facilities, including stationary activities at beaches and parks among members of the same household. Courts such as basketball and volleyball are available for use with members of the same household.

Officials are careful to note that just because these businesses owners are allowed to open as of Friday, June 12, doesn’t meany they necessarily will immediately. Check with individual businesses for a timeframe of when they will be able to meet the requirements to reopen.

What’s still closed:

  • Personal services, like nail salons, body waxing, spas, massage parlors and tattoo shops
  • Brewpubs, craft distilleries, breweries, bars, pubs, and wineries that do not serve food
  • Movie theaters
  • Live performance theaters
  • Entertainment centers, concert halls and venues
  • Public events and gatherings, like live audience sports
  • Convention centers
  • Theme parks, festivals, stadiums and arenas.
  • In-person higher education
  • Indoor playgrounds, like bounce centers, ball pits and laser tag
  • Saunas and steam rooms

What was opened previously:

  • Hair salons and barber shops
  • Dine-in services at restaurants, with capacity limitations and other protocols.
  • In-person shopping at all retailers, including shopping centers and malls. They must maintain physical distancing and keep the store at no more than 50% occupancy.
  • In-person services at churches and other houses of worship—at 25% capacity only or a maximum of 100 people, whatever is smaller. See more of the state’s guidance here.
  • Office-based businesses (although telework is still recommended)
  • Drive-in movie theaters, but with distancing between vehicles.
  • Community pools in apartment complexes and homeowners associations.
  • Beach parking lots, but at 70% capacity with some stalls marked off for physical distancing.
  • Most recreation: Beaches for active uses, trails and bike paths, dog parks, tennis courts

For a full list, go here.

Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter @ValerieOsier