Mayor Robert Garcia delivered what is expected to be his last formal COVID-19 media briefing Tuesday afternoon as the city transitions into the recovery phase of the pandemic
National surveys have shown that significant portions of the country are anxious over the reopening that is just weeks away, which in most instances means masking will go away and most businesses will return to full capacity.
State health director Dr. Mark Ghaly said that dramatically lower virus cases and increasing vaccinations mean it’s safe for the state to remove nearly all restrictions next month.
Long Beach and Los Angeles County could be just weeks away from entering the state’s even looser ‘orange tier’ of coronavirus rules.
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.
A divide exists between business owners and workers, with about 60% of business owners supporting reopening operations such as car dealerships, small retail, personal grooming and office spaces, while under half of workers and residents supported opening them.
The first of two special meetings by the city’s economic development and finance committee shed some light on how businesses could start to reopen once they get permission from state and local governments.