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May 8, 2020 

Dear Members:

Effective today, Friday, May 8, 2020 , the City of Long Beach will allow retail businesses, with modified operations and proper sanitizing and physical distancing protocols in place, to reopen for curbside pickup and delivery services only. 

See the health order here .

In addition, trails and their associated parking lots will reopen, golf courses may open, and car dealership showrooms may open, pending adherence to the City’s recommendations and safety protocols. 

All Essential Businesses, Non-Essential Retail, golf courses, and tennis centers shall prepare and post a Physical Distancing Protocol (found here ) at each of their facilities in the City frequented by the public or employees. 

Guidelines for the following: 

Non-Essential Retailers:

The City of Long Beach is following Governor Newsom’s direction on non-essential retail businesses that are authorized to reopen. These include:

  • Bookstores
  • Jewelry stores
  • Toy stores
  • Clothing stores
  • Shoe stores
  • Home and furnishing stores
  • Sporting goods stores
  • Antique stores
  • Music stores
  • Florists

In order to reopen, non-essential retailers must adhere to the following: 

  • Allow for curbside pickup and/or deliveries only.
  • Implement a Retail Physical Distancing Protocol prior to reopening.
  • Prohibit customers from entering the business facility.
  • Ensure the right-of-way and/or Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility on sidewalks and surrounding areas during pickups is unimpeded.
  • Prioritize worker and customer safety, including:
  1. Providing face coverings and gloves to workers, and training on their use. Face coverings and gloves are required during pickups and deliveries.
  2. Requiring, and permitting adequate time for, employees to wash or sanitize their hands at least every 30 minutes, or as needed if gloves are provided.
  3. Require customers to wear face coverings during pickups.
  4. Encourage payment by phone or online in advance of pickups.
  5. Provide adequate security or staffing to implement any necessary crowd control and to prevent queuing.

Click here for the Health and Human Services Protocols for Retail Establishments.

Automobile Dealership Showrooms:

In order to reopen, automobile dealerships must adhere to the following: 

  • May open showrooms to the public.
  • Required to implement a Physical Distancing Protocol prior to opening.

Click  here  for Covid-19 guidance for COVID-19 INDUSTRY GUIDANCE: Automobile Dealerships and Rentals


In order for trails to reopen, individuals visiting Long Beach trails must adhere to the following:

  • Stay at least six feet from others, who are not members of your household, at all times. This might make some trails better to use than others. 
  • Avoid crowded areas.
  • Face coverings are required when in close contact with other people but are not required while engaging in physically-distanced exercise.
  • Provide adequate physical distancing when passing others. Step off trail to allow others to pass as needed, where safely possible.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Do not gather in groups or linger at any one location except as needed for brief rests. 
  • Do not share food or water while out on the trails.

Golf Courses:

In order for golf courses to reopen, golf courses must adhere to the following:

  • Required to implement Golf Distancing Protocols prior to opening.
  • Clubhouses are to remain closed.
  • Pro shops may open for curbside pickup only.
  • Restaurants and concessions may open for takeout only.
  • It is anticipated that City golf courses will reopen on Saturday, May 9
  • To ensure proper safety protocols and modified business operations are in place. City golf courses include: Recreation Park, Heartwell Park, Skylinks and El Dorado Park.
  • Please refer to the complete Health Order for additional details and information.

Click here for the Health and Human Services Protocols for Golf Courses.

On Monday, May 11 , additional recreational opportunities will reopen to the public. These include: 

  • Beach and bike paths 
  • Tennis centers, and parking lots adjacent to parks. 
  • Gatherings at parks and beaches are still not allowed.

All existing and future amendments to the City Health Officer’s “Safer at Home” Order, previously set to expire May 15, will remain in effect until further notice or amendment. 

The City will continue to update the Order as needed to protect public health.

For more information on this or other issues pertaining to COVID-19, visit:…

…and that’s Strictly Business
Randy Gordon
President and CEO
Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce