What’s open and what’s still closed in Long Beach

Coronavirus cases are going up and so are the number of businesses allowed to open.

Tattoo parlors and cosmetology services are now allowed to open their doors as long as they implement physical distancing and sanitization requirements, city officials announced today.

This leaves movie theaters and other family entertainment centers still closed in Long Beach, even as state officials have allowed them to reopen. Mayor Robert Garcia in a Thursday coronavirus briefing said Long Beach is the city taking the most precautions and is the slowest in reopening.

The reopenings continue even as the number of new daily cases of coronavirus have jumped state and countywide. Long Beach has seen more than 500 new cases in less than a week, but hospitalizations and deaths have remained relatively flat. City health officials said a third of new cases in Long Beach are from people under 30. Demand for testing in Long Beach has surged, causing week-long waits in order to get an appointment.

Like all businesses that have been allowed to reopen, the city requires personal care establishments to reopen with safety protocols, like a minimum of six feet of distance between service stations, frequent surface sanitization and limited capacity. Workers are also required to wear face shields when providing a service that requires the removal of a client’s face covering to provide the service.

Before we talk about what’s open in Long Beach, remember our ground rules for slowing the spread of the coronavirus: You still need to physically distance by 6 feet, wear a face covering when you expect to pass within 6 feet of people outside your household (required statewide) and you also still can’t gather with people outside your household, so no parties and no beach hangouts.

Now here’s what’s open, all with capacity limitations and safety protocols:

  • Dine-in services at restaurants, with capacity limitations and other protocols.
  • Bars, wineries and tasting rooms. (Gov. Gavin Newsom later ordered bars to close).
  • Personal care establishments, including barber shops and hair salons, nail salons, massage businesses, waxing services, tattoo parlors, piercing shops and cosmetology services.
  • All public and private swimming pools. City pools reopen Monday for lap swim and lessons.
  • Beach parking lots, but at 70% capacity with some stalls marked off for physical distancing.
  • Most recreation: Beaches, parks, trails and bike paths, dog parks, tennis courts.
    • People from the same household can do stationary activity together, like picnics and sunbathing.
    • Playgrounds are still closed.
    • All basketball courts, volleyball courts, pickleball courts and picnic areas are open, but limited to one household at a time. High contact sports, like basketball, baseball, soccer, football, volleyball, are allowed for members of the same household only.
  • In-person shopping at all retailers, including shopping centers and malls. They must maintain physical distancing and keep the store at no more than 50% occupancy.
  • In-person services at churches and other houses of worship—at 25% capacity only or a maximum of 100 people, whatever is smaller. See more of the state’s guidance here.
  • Office-based businesses (although telework is still recommended).
  • Drive-in movie theaters, but with distancing between vehicles.
  • Gyms and fitness facilities.
  • Self service car washes.
  • Professional sports without live audiences.
  • Day camps for kids.
  • Museums, galleries and the Aquarium.
  • Campgrounds, RV parks, and outdoor recreation.
  • Music, film and television production.
  • Hotels, lodging, and certain short-term rentals for tourism and individual travel.
  • In-person behavioral health or substance use disorder support in small group meetings, like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, with physical distancing of 6 feet between people from different households.

What’s closed:

  • Bars, wineries and tasting rooms, if they don’t have a restaurant permit.
  • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds, except for those within childcare centers.
  • Movie theaters, live performance theaters, concert halls, arenas, stadiums, theme parks, festivals, nightclubs and lounges.
  • Bowling alleys and arcades.
  • All public or private spas, hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms.
  • All events and gatherings.

For the city’s full health order and guidelines for each business, go here.

Editor’s note: This story was later updated to reflect the closure of bars.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.
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