|(March 12, 2021, 5:20 p.m.) -- Governor Gavin Newsom's administration (through its CA Dept. of Public Health) says recent decreases in COVID-19 new cases per day (per 100,000 residents), positivity rate (number of positive test results compared to all tests administered); and the health equity metric (testing positivity rate in the lowest-resourced areas) combined with increased vaccinations (reaching 2 million statewide) justify moving L.A. County from the purple (virus widespread) to red (virus substantial) enabling fewer restrictions on various activities.
Below are the new eased restrictions and terms on which the City of Long Beach applies them in an updated Health Order effective at 12:01 a.m. on Monday March 15 as LA County enters the new red tier.. <>>
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The Newsom admnistration based its action in part by changing its previous standards, making it easier (less restrictive/protective) to move from the purple and red tiers. To move to the next tier (Orange), LA County must be in the red tier for a minimum of three weeks and maintain Orange tier numbers for two consecutive weeks, including a case rate of one to 3.9 daily new cases (per 100k), a 2% to 4.9% positivity rate and a 2.2% to 5.2% health equity metric.
The City of Long Beach's Health Department can ease restrictions to the extent as the state allows or retain tougher restrictions if it wishes. The LB Healh Dept. adds:
While the above-mentioned business services and activities are now permitted as a result of the continued decline in COVID-19 cases and increase in persons vaccinated, it is critical to the long term safety, recovery and stability of Long Beach that everyone remains vigilant in practicing all health and safety protocols outlined in the Safer at Home Health Order, including wearing a face covering and maintaining proper physical distance from others, even if they have received COVID-19 vaccinations.
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