Reopening on July 4th? LA County says maybe, Long Beach says it’ll check with the governor

With Los Angeles County in the midst of developing tentative “fast-track plans” to reopen its economy by July 4, the City of Long Beach will continue to base its decisions off state guidelines, health indicators and data, according to Eric Bradley of the City’s Joint Information Center.

“We cannot go beyond what Gov. Gavin Newsom will allow,” Bradley said.

While Long Beach’s low hospitalization rate, among other positive trends, has allowed retail businesses to offer curbside pickup and the city to open trails, beach paths, golf and tennis centers, it remains undecided how it will approach the holiday itself.

“Discussions regarding popular summer events, including Fourth of July celebrations, are continuing,” Bradley said in an email. “No decisions have been made. When that happens, the City will announce them.”

On Tuesday, the task force noted during its second meeting the more than 1 million unemployment claims filed, with LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger stating she remains focused on “working with industry leaders and health officials to safely make way for Los Angeles County to reopen by the Fourth of July,” according to this release.

Although it won’t go beyond what Newsom will allow, Long Beach officials remain undecided on another statewide allowance, whether it will follow the state liquor board’s recently released notice permitting bars to reopen if they partner with a food business.

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“It’s crucial residents remain vigilant,” Bradley said. “Follow the health guidance of experts. Physically distance and wear face coverings while in close contact with other people. We don’t want to lose the gains we’ve made, and safe practices will allow us to continue along the path of getting back to our normal lives.”

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.
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