COVID-19 Information for Downtown Residents

The COVID-19 links below have been collected and organized in an index that directs you to the best information of interest to downtown residents. This information is constantly changing, so check the supplied links. Items covered are:

  • Summary of Safer At Home
  • Face Coverings Are Now Required (Almost) Everywhere
  • What’s Open
  • Allowed Recreational Activities
  • General  COVID-19 Information For Long Beach
  • Follow COVID-19 Social Media Updates, Tips and Notices
  • Long Beach Unified School District
  • National Information on COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Screening and Testing
  • Assistance Available
  • Rent and Mortgage Relief
  • Price Gouging
  • Online Safety Guide
  • Mental Health & COVID-19
  • Support People Affected by COVID-19
  • Restaurants Offering Take-Out/Delivery
  • Restaurants That Are Open For Dine-In Service
  • Pop-Up Mini Markets

 

Please carefully validate all COVID-19 related social media before believing it and especially before sharing. See below for some reliable sources of information specifically directed to Long Beach.

Summary of Safer At Home

This is a summary of the health orders as of June 19 restricting activities of the community as a means of slowing the spread of COVID-19. (link) Keep up-to-date, read the entire orders, review definitions and rules, and find resources at longbeach.gov/covid19 (link).

  • Stay At Home whenever practicable. All public and private gatherings of any number of people outside of a single household are prohibited. except as expressly permitted. All people with underlying health conditions and people 65 or older are strongly urged to remain at home except as necessary.
  • Stay Safe: Avoid Close Contact (6 feet or less for 10 minutes or more), wash hands, wear masks outside of home. Masks are required inside permitted businesses and during pickup at curbside or takeout.
  • Isolate yourself if you have been diagnosed with or are likely to have COVID-19 and inform any Close Contacts encountered while symptomatic.
  • Quarantine yourself if you have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with or likely to have COVID-19 while that person was symptomatic.
  • An Essential Business may refuse admission or service to any individual who fails to wear a Face Covering during their time in the facility.
  • Violations of the order are misdemeanors punishable by imprisonment, fine or both.
  • Health Facilities such as Skilled Nursing or Long Term Care have increased restrictions on interactions. This includes strict limitations on visitation, additional screening, and the physical separation of patients and staff who show symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Face Coverings Are Now Required (Almost) Everywhere

The July 19 Health Order states, “… all persons [must] wear a Face Covering over both their nose and mouth whenever they leave their place of residence and are or can be in contact with or walking near or past others who are non-household members in both public and private places, whether indoors or outdoors…” [Emphasis added.] Make sure that the face covering fully covers the tip and nostrils of the nose as well as the mouth. Certain limited exemptions apply to select individuals and situations, but basically you are required to wear a mask if you can come near someone who is not in your household.
Currently, there is no vaccine available to protect against and no specific treatment for COVID-19. Wearing a Face Covering reduces the risk of transmission to others from people who do not have symptoms and do not know they are infected. The CDC estimates that 40% of coronavirus transmission occurs before people feel sick. (link) Perhaps you feel fine and you think you are at low risk of death or hospitalization from COVID-19, But by refusing to wear a mask, you still have a good chance of contributing to the hospitalization of someone else. Even if they don’t die, they are at serious risk of long-term chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular, kidney, and respiratory damage and loss of limbs from blood clotting.

What’s Open

The following are open or allowed with restrictions. See the latest Health Order link above for details:

  • Essential Businesses (see Item 16 of the Health Order)
  • Businesses providing takeout or curbside pickup
  • Dine-in restaurants. Reservations are encouraged.
  • Bars, breweries, wineries, and tasting rooms
  • Tattoo parlors, massage therapy, tanning salons, and spas can reopen on Friday, June 26.
  • Estheticians, skin care, cosmetology and body-waxing services can reopen on Friday, June 26.
  • Gyms and fitness facilities
  • Nail salons, Hair salons & Barber shops. Reservations are encouraged, no waiting inside.
  • In-Person Religious Services and Cultural Ceremonies, including outdoor activities such as funerals
  • Shopping malls, strip and outlet malls, and swap meets
  • Manufacturing and logistics sector businesses which supply permitted retail establishments
  • Pet services, car washes, residential cleaning
  • Staff gatherings for the sole purpose of preparing live-stream services to members of organizations
  • In-person counseling, behavior health and substance abuse services
  • Small charter services and outdoor equipment rental
  • Tennis centers and golf courses
  • Any business which can adhere to the Office Worksite Protocols specified in the Health Order
  • Drive-in operations including movie theaters and restaurants
  • Any business may perform Minimum Basic Operations to protect the business assets or to work remotely.
  • Day Camps, campgrounds and RV facilities
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Music, film and TV production
  • Museums, galleries, botanical gardens, aquariums, and other similar facilities
  • Training and competition of professional sports without live audiences
  • Public piers, including restaurants and retail

Allowed Recreational Activities

  • The following are open or allowed provided specific social distance protocols are followed:
  • Tennis centers and golf courses
  • Public park and beach parking lots, dog parks, and dog beaches are open
  • Beach bike and pedestrian paths, public trails, and trailheads
  • Beaches and parks – Members of the same household may engage in stationary activities (for example, sunbathing, sitting and picnicking) and active outdoor recreation and physical exercise.
  • Basketball, volleyball, pickleball courts – Limited to one household at a time. Pick-up games with others outside of the same household, including all team sports, are still prohibited.
  • Public and private swimming pools
  • Playgrounds shall remain closed

General  COVID-19 Information For Long Beach

The City encourages all residents to visit their COVID_19 Web Page for up-to-date information on COVID-19, and to avoid misinformation. Sample Topics:

  • Dashboard displaying comprehensive data and demographics on cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
  • Health Orders & Updates, Closures
  • Testing Sites and Rapid Assessment Clinic (under Testing graphic)
  • Tenant Rental Relief (under Assistance & Resources graphic)
  • Street Sweeping, Parking, & Late Penalties
  • Ways to Help & Donate, including the Neighbor-To-Neighbor Program and the Long Beach Coronavirus Relief Fund (under Resources for the Public)
  • FAQ’s and Fliers

The Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) has established a web page (click HERE) with resources for businesses, workers, residents & parents, senior citizens & home-bound individuals, and individuals experiencing homelessness.

Follow COVID-19 Social Media Updates, Tips and Notices

  • City’s social media pages @LongBeachCity and @LBHealthDept
  • Follow hashtag #COVID19LongBeach
  • Important messages are sent daily by our local City Council Offices. If you are not on their distribution, send them a note at district1@longbeach.gov, district2@longbeach.gov and district3@longbeach.gov.
  • Sign up for Alert Long Beach (link) to receive emergency notifications.

Long Beach Unified School District

  • Long Beach Unified School District Updates and Notifications link)
  • Click HERE for resources specific to each school.
  • Low-cost internet (link) for low income households. Also, free and low-cost options for computers.
  • Homework Help: live Tutoring, eLearning Tools, Homework Send Question, Writing Lab. Requires a LA County Library card (link). The Long Beach Library’s Homework Help Line may still be working. (link)
  • Free School Meals (link)
  • WorkLB is a free electronic platform that helps to connect hourly child care providers with members of the public who suddenly need quality childcare. For more information, call (562) 570-4249.

National Information on COVID-19

Visit the COVID-19 webpage of the Centers for Disease Prevention. (link)

New York Times COVID-19 Tracker by Country (link). Links to State and Metro areas.

You may have heard something about a Google website for COVID-19. Click HERE for information.

COVID-19 Screening and Testing

Online COVID-19 screening (NOT testing). Click HERE for the Apple tool, and HERE for the CDC tool. The resources offer an online screening tool, information about the disease, and some guidance on when to seek testing or emergency care.

Free COVID testing and medical treatment for uninsured (including immigrants). Sign up for care at the Health Services Department 844-804-0055.

Long Beach has opened a Rapid Assessment Clinic at Long Beach Community College for those who would normally go to an emergency room for assessment of symptoms. This can include testing for COVID-19 or renewal of medication prescriptions for those with routine health issues. (link)

Long Beach now has multiple locations for drive-through testing (link) Watch this 4-minute video to see the testing in action. (link) All locations now allow testing for any resident for any reason.

Assistance Available

  • The Long Beach Post has published a comprehensive list of resources. (link)
  • Out of work? File for Unemployment (link) If sick and cannot work, file for Disability (link). If you are caring for someone else who is sick with COVID-19 and unable to work, file a claim for paid family leave. (link)
  • The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are not usually eligible for regular State Unemployment Insurance benefits. (link)
  • Food Pantries: LA Food Bank list (link). Food Finders interactive map (link). Food Assistance flier (link)
  • Free Food Delivery for Seniors – The Great Plates Delivered Program is now accepting applications from eligible, older adults. The program will deliver up to three free, nutritious meals daily to as many as 600 qualified older adults. Meals will be safely transported to participants each day and can be easily stored or frozen for a few days and reheated. Click HERE or call (562) 570-INFO (4636) and select option number 5 for application and eligibility instructions.
  • Meals on Wheels delivers fresh hot meals and cold lunches to shut-ins. (link) Cost is $8.25/day. Call (562) 439-5000 to find if you qualify for financial assistance.
  • Food Stamps (link)
  • Free School Meals (link)
  • Legal Aid Foundation (link) Eviction Defense, Domestic Violence, Immigration, etc.
  • Resources for Older Adults (link): Seniors can now call 562-570-INFO (select option 5) for information on food delivery, home supplies, prescription delivery services, utility restoration and mental health resources. The web link also provides info on Food & Grocery delivery and a Friendly Caller program.

Rent and Mortgage Relief

The City’s Eviction Moratorium is extended until July 31. Although missed rent must be repaid, tenants have 12 months from the end of the moratorium to repay in full. (link)

Long Beach’s tenant eviction ordinance is applicable to rent due between March 4th, 2020 and July 31st, 2020. Note that this is more generous than the State ordinance. (link)

  • Tenants are required to notify their landlords that they are unable to pay rent before the expiration date of any pay-or-quit notice issued as a result of non-payment of rent.
  • Tenants who notify their landlords must provide documentation illustrating 1) a substantial decrease in business or household income or 2) out of pocket medical expenses.
  • You are still required to eventually repay any missing or unpaid rent.

Lenders are granting mortgage relief to borrowers suffering from the loss of a job, a reduction in work hours, or other impacts from Coronavirus. Mortgage Relief Options Include:

  • Foreclosure sales & evictions of borrowers are suspended
  • A forbearance plan to reduce or suspend mortgage payments for up to 12 months
  • Reporting to credit bureau of past due payments will be suspended for borrowers in a forbearance plan as a result of COVID-19
  • No late fees for homeowners in a forbearance plan

Homeowners must contact their loan servicer to determine what relief options are applicable. Find more info HERE.

The Long Beach CARES Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides up to $1,000/month in rental payments for three months would be available to households earning up to 80% of the Area Medium Income ($90,100 for a family of 4) who have experienced income loss due to COVID-19. All program materials, including program guidelines, checklist, application forms, and information for landlords, will be made available on Monday, June 29, 2020. (link)

Price Gouging

During the COVID crisis, it is illegal for a person to sell food, emergency supplies, medical supplies, building materials, housing, transportation, or gasoline for a price that is more than ten percent (10%) greater than the price normally charged by that person for those products or services. The governor has extended Price Gouging enforcement through September 4, 2020. Not every instance of price increase will be a violation of law. For example, retailers can raise prices if directly attributable to additional supplier costs, but 100% of complaints will be investigated and all viable cases will be pursued in court. Click the following link to find out more or to report price gouging. (link)

Online Safety Guide

Now that we have the majority of our interpersonal interactions online, we need a hyper-awareness of everything from online etiquette to safety issues, including online dating. Although this helpful guide was developed for individuals faced with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the advice pertains to everyone. (link)

Mental Health & COVID-19

Get help if you feel your mental health is being negatively affected (link). Some insurance companies in California are picking up the cost of online (telehealth/videoconference) psychotherapy during this crisis. Check with your insurance provider to see if your policy qualifies.

This link (link) gives tips for managing stress and numbers to call for help on issues specific to Youth & Teens, Veterans, First Responders & Law Enforcement, Older Californians, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Individuals, Services for Substance Abuse Disorders, and LGBTQ Individuals. Numbers are also available for Suicide Prevention and preventing Domestic Violence either against you or someone you know.

Mental health resources for coping with COVID-19 are available from the National Alliance on Mental Health (Long Beach). (link) Prince Harry has a similar free program called HeadFit. (link)

Support People Affected by COVID-19

Are still you getting paid? Will you continue to get paid? What will you do with your $1200 stimulus check? Support the impacted members of your community now, and they will be around when you need them later. You don’t want to see these people living on your sidewalk.

  • Long Beach Coronavirus Relief Fund (link)
  • Neighbor-to-Neighbor program (link). Find ways we can volunteer to take care of each other.
  • Long Beach Help & Donate Response (link)
  • LA County How You Can Help (link)
  • Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund (link)
  • Donate blood if you are healthy and eligible (link)
  • Long Beach Rescue Mission (link) Transitioning people from homelessness to independence.
  • Volunteer to deliver free meals to seniors prepared by World Central Kitchen (WCK). (link)

Restaurants Offering Take-Out/Delivery

Council District 1 (List) (includes Food Banks)

Council District 3 (List)

DLBA List

Food Delivery Tips (link). Maximize the benefit for you, the delivery person and the restaurant.

Restaurants That Are Open For Dine-In

Restaurants are allowed to serve dine-in patrons (with restrictions), but which ones actually offer this service? Here are the restaurants we have identified so far, based on either personal observation or comments from friends. Call restaurant for schedule and reservations. (Tell them the DRC sent you.)

  • Agave (562) 435-7700 200 Pine Ave
  • Ahimsa 562-435-7113 340 E. 4th St.
  • The Auld Dubliner 562-437-8300 71 S. Pine Ave.
  • The Big Catch 562-491-4600  150 E Broadway
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. (562) 437-2434 87 Aquarium Way
  • Buono’s (562) 432-2211 250 W. Ocean Blvd.
  • Burger Daddy (562) 980-0137 149 Linden Ave
  • The Breakfast Bar 562-726-1700 70 Atlantic Ave.
  • The Carvery (562) 317-5237 201 Pine Ave
  • Chili’s (562) 590-5103 30 W Shoreline Dr.
  • Creme de la Crepe 563-437-2222 400 E. 1st Street
  • District Wine (562) 612-0411 144 Linden Ave
  • Dog Haus 562-901-4287 210 E 3rd St
  • Donburi (562) 612-1662 245 Pine Ave #120
  • Fuego at Hotel Maya 562-481-3910 700 Queensway Dr.
  • Georges Greek Cafe 562-437-1184 135 Pine Ave.
  • Gu Ramen (562) 435-1135 108 W 3rd St
  • Hamburger Mary’s (562) 436-7900 330 Pine Ave
  • Harbor Bar (562) 269-0832 130 Pine Ave
  • Johnny Rockets 562-983-1332 245 Pine Ave Ste. 110
  • Long Beach Taco Company 563-912-4455 442 E 1st St,
  • Los Compadres 562-432-0061 1144 Pine Ave
  • Lupe’s de la Mar (June 12) 562-436-4344 301 The Promenade N.
  • Michael’s Downtown 562-491-2100 210 E. 3rd St.
  • Modica’s 562-435-7011 455 E Ocean Blvd
  • The Ordinarie (June 10) 562-676-4261 210 The Promenade N.
  • Outback Steak House (562) 435-0002 20 W Shoreline Dr
  • P.F. Chang’s (562) 308-1025 340 S Pine Ave
  • Padre 562-612-4951 525 E. Broadway
  • Parker’s Lighthouse (June 16) 562-432-6500 435 Shoreline Village Drive
  • Pier 76 Fish Grill (562) 983-1776 95 Pine Ave
  • Portuguese Bend Distillery 562-435-4411 300 The Promenade N
  • The Potholder Cafe 562-432-6824 310 W. Broadway
  • R Bar (562) 432-0411 106 W 3rd St
  • Shannon’s (562) 436-4363 209 Pine Ave
  • Sura Korean BBQ 562-495-7872 621 Atlantic Ave
  • Thai District (562) 951-7181 149 Linden Ave Ste E (enter on Broadway)
  • Utopia 562-432-6888 445 East 1st Street
  • Wa Wa Restaurant 562-590-3485 406 E 1st Street

Pop-Up Mini-Markets

  • Ammatolí Mediterranean Bites, 285 E 3rd St; (562) 435-0808
  • George’s Greek Cafe, 135 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802;
  • Hi-lo Liquor Market, 707 E. Ocean Blvd., Unit A; (562) 435-3993
  • Long Beach Taco Company, 442 E 1st St.; (562) 912-4455
  • Michael’s Downtown, 210 E. Third St.; 562-491-2100
  • Modica’s, 455 E Ocean Blvd.: (562) 435-7011
  • Recreational Coffee, 237 Long Beach Blvd.; 562-436-4954
  • Pier 76, 95 Pine Ave.; 562-983-1776
  • Portuguese Bend, 300 The Promenade N.; 562-435-4411
  • Romeo Chocolates, 460 Pine Ave.; 562-432-7999
  • Sura Korean BBQ & Tofu House, 621 Atlantic Ave.; 562-495-7872

Download the City-Wide Grocery Guide (link) in PDF or Excel form.