Nail salons, bars, playgrounds open in Long Beach, with restrictions

Nail salons, bars, breweries and playgrounds were allowed to open today in Long Beach—with health code restrictions in place, including limited capacity.

Los Angeles County also allowed card rooms to open for outdoor-only business today under gradually loosening coronavirus restrictions.

“Things will look a little different here at The Bike, but we are committed to providing the same exceptional service you have come to know and love,” The Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens proclaimed on its website, announcing its reopening.

The casino noted that due to health restrictions, “we will have limited availability of tables and not all games may be available.”

Hollywood Park Casino reopened its doors at 10 a.m., while Commerce Casino was welcoming guests at 8 a.m. Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens was open at 9 a.m. Larry Flynt’s Hustler Casino and Lady Luck Casino were expected to reopen later Monday.

Los Angeles County health officials last week cleared card rooms to reopen beginning Monday, but restricted them to outdoor gaming operations only, with no food or beverage service. Indoor activities at the casino are restricted primarily to employee duties.

Nail salons in Los Angeles County, but outside Long Beach, were permitted to reopen with indoor operations beginning last Thursday, but they were limited to 25% of capacity. Health officials urged salons to continue offering outdoor services as much as possible.

Indoor shopping malls will be permitted to reopen on Wednesday, also limited to 25% of capacity.

At outdoor playgrounds, everyone over age 2 must wear a face covering at playgrounds, and adult supervision is required.

In Long Beach, breweries, bars, distilleries and wineries that do not hold a city restaurant permit were allowed to reopen, but they face strict protocols including requiring customers to sit outdoors and being required to serve food. Indoor operations must remain closed to the public.

The openings come even as the city and county remain in the “purple” tier, meaning the virus is widespread, according to the state’s reopening schedule.

But the number of cases per 100,000 residents and the positivity rate have both leveled off. On Monday, Long Beach reported 126 new cases of the virus since Thursday, bringing its total to 12,129. So far 248 people have died of COVID-19 in Long Beach.

The state on Tuesday will announce where each county stands in terms of its ability to reopen.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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