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Here's What LB Health Dept. Says One Can Do / Not Do As It Moves City Into Yellow (Least Restrictive) COVID Tier



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(May 5, 2021, 8:55 p.m.) -- Below is a City-provided overview of the May 5, 2021 revised Long Beach Health Dept. order (accessible in full here and linked on LBREPORT.com's front page) as the City moves into the Yellow (least restrictive) COVID-19 tier from a more restrictive moderate risk-level Orange tier.

Governor Newsom and its administered CA Dept. of Public Health have said California will fully reopen its economy across the state IF "there is enough vaccine supply for Californians 16 years and older to be vaccinated and hospitalization rates remain stable and low, especially among fully vaccinated Californians." The Newsom administration adds that at that time, common sense health measures, including wearing masks will continue, and testing and vaccination requirements will remain for some businesses and industries.

Below is a summary of Yellow tier activities that LB's Health Dept allows effective May 5 and on what terms:

Social and Informal Gatherings (these gatherings do not require an assigned guest list):

  • Outdoor social gatherings may operate at a maximum capacity of 100 people.
  • Indoor gatherings are strongly discouraged but are allowed. Capacity is limited to a maximum of 50% capacity in settings (where capacity limits exist) or 50 people, whichever is fewer.

Bars, where no meal service is provided, may operate indoors and outdoors without serving meals, with modifications. All patrons must remain seated.

  • May operate indoors with modifications, at maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Indoor capacity may increase up to a maximum of 75% of total venue capacity where all attendees are either fully vaccinated attendees or attendees that show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted 72 hours prior to attendance in accordance with the Blueprint for a Safer Economy Chart.
  • Guests at a single table indoors are limited to no more than six people in the same party. Guests at a single table outdoors are limited to no more than eight people in the same party.

Restaurants that serve bona fide meals may operate indoors and outdoors.

  • Indoor capacity is limited to 50% of maximum occupancy.
  • Brewpubs, breweries, bars, pubs, craft distilleries and wineries without a City restaurant permit may operate indoors at the increased restaurant capacity if the bar sells alcohol in the same transaction as a bona fide meal provided by a City-approved meal provider.
  • Indoor capacity may increase up to a maximum of 75% of total venue capacity where all attendees are either fully vaccinated attendees or attendees that show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted prior to attendance 72 hours prior to attendance, in accordance with the Blueprint for a Safer Economy Chart.
  • Guests at a single table indoors are limited to no more than six people in the same party. Guests at a single table outdoors are limited to no more than eight people in the same party.

Gyms and Fitness Centers may operate indoors and outdoors.

  • Indoor capacity is limited to 50% of maximum occupancy
  • Indoor capacity may increase to a maximum of 75% of total venue capacity where all attendees are either fully vaccinated attendees or attendees show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted 72 hours prior to attendance, in accordance with the Blueprint for a Safer Economy Chart.
  • Indoor spas, saunas and steam rooms may operate.

In-Person Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies:

  • Indoor capacity limited to 50% occupancy is strongly encouraged.
  • Indoor capacity may increase to a maximum of 75% of total venue capacity where all attendees are either fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted 72 hours prior to attendance, in accordance with the Blueprint for a Safer Economy Chart.

    Movie Theaters may operate indoors and outdoors.

  • Capacity is limited to 50% of maximum occupancy.
  • Indoor capacity may increase to a maximum of 75% of total venue capacity where all attendees are either fully vaccinated attendees or attendees show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted 72 hours prior to attendance, in accordance with the Blueprint for a Safer Economy Chart.

Pools, including spas, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms and splash pads may operate indoors and outdoors.

  • Indoor capacity is limited to 50% of the maximum occupancy
  • Indoor capacity may increase up to a maximum of 75% of total venue capacity where all attendees are either fully vaccinated attendees or attendees that show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted prior to attendance 72 hours prior to attendance, in accordance with the Blueprint for a Safer Economy Chart.

Organized Community Endurance and Running/Walking Events, such as runs, walks, marathons, triathlons and endurance events, may occur.

  • Capacity is limited to 500 participants per hour, and no more than 1,500 total participants.
  • Capacity may be increased to a maximum of 3,000 where all participants show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours prior to visiting this type of event.

Indoor Seated Live Events and Performances may operate under the following restrictions and other State requirements.

  • Venues with a capacity of 0 to 1,500 people:
  • Indoor capacity must be limited to no more than 25% of the maximum occupancy load of the venue or 300 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Capacity may increase to no more than 50% of the maximum occupancy load of the venue where all guests show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to attendance or show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Venues with a capacity of 1,501 people and above:
  • Indoor capacity must be limited to no more than 10% of the maximum occupancy load of the venue or 2,000 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Capacity may increase to no more than 50% of the maximum occupancy load of the venue where all guests show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to attendance or show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

Outdoor Live Events (sports and live performances) may operate under State requirements.

  • Capacity is limited to 67% of maximum occupancy.
  • Suites limited to 25% maximum occupancy per suite and no more than three different households, physically distanced, or six people from the same household.
  • Private Venues and Events (e.g. meetings, receptions and conferences) are distinguished from Private Gatherings in that Private Venues and Events must have defined guest lists and the ability to assign seating for guests.

Outdoors

  • Maximum of 200 people permitted at outdoor private events.
  • Capacity of an outdoor private event may increase to a maximum of 400 people where all guests show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to visiting a private event or show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.

Indoors

  • Allowed only if all guests show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours prior to visiting a private event or show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Capacity at indoor private events is limited to a maximum of 200 people.

Family Entertainment Centers may operate indoors and outdoors.

  • Indoor capacity must be limited to 50% of maximum occupancy.
  • Capacity of indoor operations may increase to a maximum of 75% of total venue capacity where all attendees show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted within 72 hours prior to attendance or show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, in accordance with the Blueprint for a Safer Economy Chart.

Institutes of Higher Education:

  • In-person instruction is limited to 50% of maximum occupancy.
  • Indoor capacity may increase to a maximum of 75% of total venue capacity where all attendees are either fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted 72 hours prior to attendance, in accordance with the Blueprint for a Safer Economy Chart.

Museums, Galleries, Aquariums and Botanical Gardens may operate indoors and outdoors. Capacity is limited by the number of people that can physically distance 6 ft. or greater in the space.

Youth and Adult Recreational Sports, including sports identified in Yellow, Orange, Red and Purple Tiers are permitted to resume, in accordance with the Blueprint for a Safer Economy Chart.

Outdoor Equipment Rental may operate.

  • Capacity is limited to 50% of maximum occupancy for electric boats.
  • Electric boats may increase their indoor capacity to maximum of 75% of total venue capacity where all attendees are either fully vaccinated attendees or attendees that show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted 72 hours prior to attendance, in accordance with the Blueprint for a Safer Economy Chart.

Personal Care Establishments:

  • Piercing and tattooing services for the mouth/nose area may resume.
  • Face shields are provided and shall be worn by employees when servicing customers not wearing a face covering while receiving services, such as piercing and tattooing services for the mouth/nose area. The face shield shall be worn in addition to the face covering. Face coverings protect others from the wearerís droplets; face shields help protect the wearer from otherís droplets.

Professional Sports may operate indoors with audiences.

  • Small Charter Services may increase their indoor capacity up to a maximum of 75% of total venue capacity where all attendees are either fully vaccinated attendees or attendees that show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted 72 hours prior to attendance, in accordance with the Blueprint for a Safer Economy Chart.
  • Smoke Lounges may operate indoors at 50% of maximum indoor occupancy.
  • Indoor capacity may increase up to a maximum of 75% of total venue capacity where all attendees are either fully vaccinated attendees or attendees that show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted 72 hours prior to attendance, in accordance with the Blueprint for a Safer Economy Chart.

Wineries, Breweries and Craft Distilleries, where no meal service is provided, may operate indoors and outdoors without serving meals.

  • Indoor capacity is limited to 50% of the maximum occupancy or 200 people, whichever is fewer.
  • Indoor capacity may increase up to a maximum of 75% of total venue capacity where all attendees are either fully vaccinated attendees or attendees that show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted 72 hours prior to attendance, in accordance with the Blueprint for a Safer Economy Chart.
  • Guests at a single table indoors are limited to no more than six people in the same party. Guests at a single table outdoors are limited to no more than eight people in the same party.

Amusement and Theme Parks may continue indoor and outdoor operations, with modifications. Occupancy is limited to 35% of total park occupancy for operations of the park, in accordance with State requirements.

  • Capacity of indoor facilities with the park must be limited to 25% of maximum occupancy.
  • Indoor capacity may increase up to a maximum of 75% of total venue capacity where all attendees are either fully vaccinated attendees or attendees that show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result conducted 72 hours prior to attendance in accordance with the Blueprint for a Safer Economy Chart.

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Regarding face masks:

[City May 5 release text] Face mask requirements for fully vaccinated people have been revised in alignment with CDC and State guidance. Except in crowded settings and venues, fully vaccinated people may gather or conduct activities outdoors without wearing a mask when alone; when with members of their household; when with a small group of fully vaccinated people; and when with a small group of people who are not fully vaccinated and not at high risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19. Fully vaccinated people must wear a mask at crowded outdoor events; in crowded spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained and it is not known if everyone in the space is fully vaccinated or at high risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19; in indoor public settings, unless expressly permitted by the Health Order; at worksites and businesses; and in any setting where masking is required by the facility operator or by the Health Order...
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The state's tiered system is based on three metrics: the number of new cases per day (per 100,000 residents); the positivity rate (number of positive test results compared to all tests administered); and a health equity metric (testing positivity rate in the lowest-resourced areas). To move from the Orange to Yellow (minimum) tier, a County must maintain Yellow Tier numbers for two consecutive weeks and a case rate of less than 1.0 new case per 100k daily, a less than 2% positivity rate and a less than 2.2% health equity metric.

Long Beach on its own doesn't meet some of those numbers. As of May 5, LB had a 3.0 seven day case rate per 100k population with a 1.2% positivity rate. However Sacramento uses countywide numbers, and as of May 4 LA County had had 1.6 adjusted daily new cases per 100k and a seven day 0.7% positivity rate with 0.8% testing positive in lowest-resourced County areas (health equity metric.)

On that basis, the CA Dept. of Public Health allowed LB to move into the Yellow tier.

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