Currently bars are not allowed to open unless they sell food, but they could be allowed to open in a few weeks for outdoor service when the city enters the “orange” tier in the state’s color-coded system determining when it’s safe to loosen restrictions.
Long Beach businesses are feeling another blow from the COVID-19 pandemic, with back-to-back orders within the week, leaving some feeling frustrated and anxious about whether their businesses can survive another shutdown.
One solution is for bars to partner with approved restaurants to serve meals—essentially transforming them into dining establishments, which are currently open with outside seating and limited capacity.
All businesses allowed to reopen this weekend will have to adhered to restaurant guidelines where employees must wear face masks and face shields and customers must be spaced out by at least 6 feet.
Brown says the bill would have added two hours of early morning “mayhem.”