March 20, 2020
Dear Members and Community Partners:
As many of you know, the City of Long Beach and the Department of Health and Human Services announced further restrictions and limits on gathering to limit the spread of COVID-19. This Safer at Home order began on March 19, 2020 at midnight and will be in effect until April 19th, 2020 unless otherwise specified. For more information on the emergency order please
We know many of you have questions on what is considered essential business, and so we would like to share the following list from the City of Long Beach Order of the Health Officer:
Essential businesses include:
- Grocery stores, certified farmers 'markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruit and vegetables, pet supply, water, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning or personal care products). This includes stores that sell groceries and sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences;
- Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing;
- Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals;
- Newspapers, television, radio, magazine, podcast and other media services;
- Gas stations, and auto-supply, auto-repair, car dealerships and related facilities;
- Banks, credit unions, and related financial institutions;
- Hardware stores, garden nurseries; building supplies;
- Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, custodial/janitorial workers, handyman services, funeral home workers and morticians, moving services, HVAC installers, carpenters, landscapers, gardeners, property managers, private security personnel and other service providers who provide services to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation to properties and other Essential Businesses;
- Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes;
- Educational institutions (including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities) for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of 6-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible;
- Laundromats, dry cleaners, laundry service providers, personal grooming services;
- Restaurants, other food facilities, and beverage facilities that prepare and serve food or beverages, but only for delivery, drive-thru, or carry out; March 19, 2020 Page 5
- Businesses that supply office or computer products needed by people who work from home;
- Businesses that supply other Essential Businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate;
- Businesses that ship, truck, provide logistical support or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residences, Essential Businesses, Healthcare Operations, Essential Infrastructure;
- Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for activities of daily living and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order;
- Businesses that provide parts and service for Essential Infrastructure;
- Home-based care for seniors, adults, people with a disability, or children;
- Residential facilities and shelters for seniors, adults, people with a disability, and children;
- Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities;
- Military/Defense Contractors/FFRDC (Federally Funded Research and Development Centers). For purposes of this Order, essential personnel may leave their residence to provide any service or perform any work deemed essential for national security including, but not limited to defense, intelligence and aerospace development and manufacturing for the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and NASA and other federal government, and or United States Government departments and agencies. Essential personnel include prime, sub-primes, and supplier contractor employees, at both the prime contract level and any supplier levels at any tier, working on federal United States Government contracts such as contracts rated under the Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) and contracts for national intelligence and national security requirements.;
- Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Order to work as permitted. To the extent possible, childcare facilities must operate under the following mandatory conditions: (1) Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 12 or fewer ("stable" means the same 12 or fewer children are in the same group each day); (2) Children shall not change from one group to another; (3) If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with each other; (4) Childcare providers shall remain solely with one group of children.
- Hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities.
People can continue to engage in tasks essential to their health and safety, and to the health and safety of their family members and/or pets. Outdoor activities such as walking/running, and hiking are still allowed but it individuals must continue to follow social distancing guidelines for their safety and the safety of others.
The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is completely open as we work remotely from the office at this time. If you are still unsure if your business is impacted at this time, please reach out directly to our staff by
...and that's Strictly Business!
President and CEO
Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
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