Long Beach officials reported one new case of coronavirus Saturday, brining the city’s total to 15.
Long Beach has its own health department, and officials there said Saturday that about 140 people were being monitored for possible symptoms of the virus, while four previous patients have recovered.
City officials are also clarifying the businesses that qualify as essential under the city’s stay-at-home order to limit the spread of the coronavirus, and among the ones that do not are personal grooming services.
“We are working with the state to provide additional clarity and guidance to their `Safer at Home’ order and to align our local Long Beach order,” Mayor Robert Garcia said Friday. “Among other things, this update clarifies that barber shops, hair and nail salons are non-essential businesses in our `Safer at Home’ order.”
Among the nonessential businesses are:
— Hair salons/barber shops
— Nail salons
— Waxing services
— Spa services, such as facials, massages, and body scrubs
— Gyms and fitness centers
Meanwhile, the city announced Saturday that a job center would remain open with limited hours to assist families, workers and small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The WorkPLace job center is located at 4811 Airport Plaza Dr., Ste. 120. Information sessions will take place from 9-11 a.m. weekdays. In accordance with social distancing protocols, orientations will be limited to nine individuals, while one-on-one counseling sessions will take place by phone. More information is available at www.pacific-gateway.org.
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