Long Beach places new restrictions on residents, businesses in effort to slow surging coronavirus numbers

Long Beach residents are dealing with some new COVID-19 restrictions Wednesday as the city responds to a recent surge in coronavirus cases.

The number of cases, which stood at 16,786 Tuesday, are rising rapidly, according to a news release put out by the city.

“Since Nov. 1, the average number of new cases has increased by 313%, a much steeper curve than the city saw during the summer surge,” a portion of the release stated.

Long Beach-area hospitalizations have grown by 413% since Nov. 1, according to the city.

The city is hoping new restrictions will help those numbers trend downward.

Wednesday’s new restrictions include the following:

Non-essential retail and salon capacity is now limited to 25%

Gyms, museums and gardens can only operate outdoors

Playgrounds can remain open, but no more than two households can use the equipment at one time

Masks and social distancing will be required at all times

Restaurants within the city have also been ordered stop all on-site dining, following an order issued by the county of Los Angeles.

Critics say the city should have followed the example set by Pasadena, which is allowing restaurants to continue to serve outdoors.

Both cities have their own health agencies, enabling them to make their own decisions regarding the county’s order.

Possible new state regulations, which could be even more strict, would supersede either city’s plans.  

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