Dear Business Owner, 

On May 19, 2020, the City Council requested the City Manager to create an Open Streets Initiative and explore ways to open more public space throughout Long Beach to allow for increased outdoor activities and stronger economic recovery, while maintaining appropriate physical distancing, in accordance with the current Health Order. On June 16, 2020, to support COVID-19 recovery for businesses and residents, the City Council approved an Open Streets Initiative to temporarily transform public areas into safe spaces for physically-distanced activity.

On December 15, 2020 the City Council authorized the City Manager, or designee, to assess and extend the Open Streets program on a quarterly basis, beginning January 1, 2021, as need and funding allows, through any point of the Health Order.

To ensure further support and COVID-19 economic recovery for businesses, and to allow for additional outdoor space for physically distanced activities, the Open Streets Program has been extended through June 30, 2021. If you are an existing outdoor activity permit holder with an expiration date of March 31, 2021 - your permit will automatically be extended through June 30, 2021. No further action is required on your part.

Outdoor Dining Tent/Canopy Guidelines

Outdoor dining may occur under a tent, canopy, or other sun shelter but only as long as no more than one side is closed, allowing sufficient outdoor air movement. For purposes of this requirement, an outdoor dining area with temporary barriers (such as plastic curtains, plexiglass, or particle board), present on more than one side of an outdoor dining area is considered closed as it does not allow for sufficient outdoor air movement and is a violation of this section. Any City-issued permits required for any tent, canopy, other sun shelter, or structure used for outdoor dining must be obtained prior to installations and operation.