The three-week closures will impact 19 counties across the state, including Los Angeles County. The order includes Long Beach.
Long Beach stands to receive $40.5 million from the state to help pay for coronavirus services and response, a windfall that roughly equals the city’s projected budget deficit this fiscal year.
The businesses that choose to reopen Friday will have to adhere to specific safety protocols to ensure public safety and social distancing available on the county COVID-19 website.
It will take about two weeks for health officials to know the impact of the recent protests and gatherings that could cause a spike in new cases.
The actions, outlined in a memo by 4 members of the City Council, come during the 6th day of protests calling for police reforms after video showed a white police officer suffocating George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.
The state requires no more than an average 5% daily increase in hospitalizations over a 7-day period. Long Beach has revised up its numbers since submitting an application.
To be clear, the city’s curfew requirements stand, regardless of the county’s emergency messages.
The governor and county leaders held media briefings as they’ve done for more than two months during the health pandemic, but on Monday there was scant mention of COVID-19.
The testing site at Cabrillo High School, which is run by the city, is the only site that will test anyone who wants a test. The other 5 sites in the city will still be reserved for essential workers or those with symptoms.
The announcement comes after President Donald Trump took an acrimonious tone toward governors who have not considered houses of worship as “essential.”