What The ‘Safer at Home’ Order Means

March 28, 2020
I know information has been coming very fast the past couple of days, but I want to make sure I am continually updating you as soon as information comes available. Last night the City, State, County all issued orders for residents to stay at inside at home, known as the ‘Safer at Home’ order which also included restrictions and new information limiting which businesses would be able to continue operating. However, as of this evening there is some additional information on how this order is to be implemented for specific business types.
The City of Long Beach would like to provide clarifying information regarding the “Safer at Home” order issued by the Health and Human Services Department on March 19, 2020. The City is supportive of the statewide order issued by Governor Newsom, and the City’s order aligns with that direction. Further clarifying information is expected from the State on specific implementation, and until that guidance arrives, the City’s health order will be implemented in Long Beach to provide clarity.
Below is clarifying information regarding the amended Long Beach order which identifies personal grooming services as non-essential. Personal grooming services that are not considered essential include, but are not limited to:
  • Hair salons/barber shops
  • Nail salons
  • Waxing services
  • Cosmetology
  • Spa services, such as facials, massages, and body scrubs
  • Electrolysis
The City would also like to provide clarification regarding the classification of the following businesses/services:
  • Gyms and fitness centers – Non-essential business
  • Medical cannabis dispensaries – Essential business
  • Bakeries – Essential business
  • Businesses that provide death care services, including removal, care and preparation, and internment of deceased persons and animals – Essential business 
Additionally, the State has released new guidance as it relates to Alcohol Beverage restrictions and suspending enforcement of specific legal prohibitions for businesses that are currently permitted to sell alcohol.  These provisions allow on-sale retailers to sell for off-site consumption, sales of alcoholic beverages to go, and permit drive-thru service.  For more information on the new State guidelines visit https://www.abc.ca.gov/notice-of-regulatory-relief/.
As we continue to navigate through this unprecedented public health crisis, we will continue to review the statewide order to ensure the City’s compliance by amending our order accordingly.
The action was put in place by the City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis, and in accordance with the Emergency Powers granted to the City Manager through the Proclamation of Local Emergency .
For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep our residents safe, visit www.longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.