Covid-19 Resources


Businesses are an integral part of our Downtown community, and they are facing unprecedented challenges as this pandemic unfolds. The DLBA has compiled the resources below to serve as a guidepost regarding updated government regulations, economic assistance and health guidelines for businesses. Check back regularly for new information or subscribe to our weekly Business Resource Newsletter here:



  • Effective Wednesday at 10 PM, Los Angeles County including Long Beach restaurants, breweries, wineries, and bars must suspend dine-in services and will only be allowed to offer drive-thru, pick-up, and delivery services for at least three weeks.Click here to read a statement from Dr. Anissa Davis, Long Beach Health Officer. An updated City Health order with further details is forthcoming.

  • Effective Saturday, November 21, a new limited Safer at Home Order will be in place requiring non-essential work, movement and gatherings to stop between 10 PM and 5 AM in counties in the Purple Tier, which includes Los Angeles County. This order will remain in effect for one month, until December 21.

  • Effective 11/21 the following City of Long Beach guidelines affecting businesses are in place. Read the updated City Health Order by clicking here.
    • Restaurants, breweries, wineries, and bars that serve sit-down dine-meals and non-essential retail businesses, must close from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day. The last customer must be seated and finish their meal in time for the business to be completely closed by 10 p.m.
    • Restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that offer outdoor in-person dining should achieve no more than 50% maximum occupancy by separating different tables by eight feet. This requirement is to ensure that a physical distance of six feet between customers and workers is achieved while customers are seated.
    • Non-essential businesses including retail stores and personal care services, and offices for essential businesses, healthcare operations, or essential infrastructure, may operate at no more than 25% maximum occupancy.
    • Outdoor family entertainment centers (such as those located in public parks, batting cages, and mini golf courses) may operate at no more than 50% maximum occupancy to ensure a minimum six-foot distance between members of different households.
    • Personal care services businesses may only perform services by appointment and may not perform any services that require either the customer or staff to remove face coverings. Customers may not consume food or beverages.
  • Effective 10/23, personal care services businesses may reopen indoors with 6 feet of distancing between individuals. When a worker must come closer than 6 feet to customers or co-workers, a second face covering in addition to a mask is required.
  • Effective 10/5:
  • 9/2: Updates to the City Health order include:
    • Salons and barbershops in Long Beach may begin indoor operations so long as they do not exceed 25% of total capacity.
    • Retail stores must limit indoor operations to 25% of facility capacity.
  • As of 7/24, the following business types in Long Beach may not operate indoors per order of the State of California.
    • Family Entertainment Centers
    • Fitness Centers
    • Malls
    • Movie Theaters
    • Museums, zoos and aquariums
    • Offices for Non-Critical Sectors
    • Restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms
  • Downtown businesses wishing to expand their operations outdoors should review this City Fact Sheet, which includes step-by-step instructions.
  • Businesses must adhere to City of Long Beach Physical Distancing Protocols.
  • The State of California requires the use of masks in indoor public places and in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not possible. Click here to read the complete guidelines. In Long Beach, one-way valve masks are banned.
  • The City of Long Beach has waived any penalties related to business license and health fees issued between March 16, 2020 to October 31, 2020. Until further notice, penalties will begin to accrue after October 31, 2020.  For more information, business owners can email or call 562-570-6211. Learn more here.
  • 3/28: The City of Long Beach has put additional rules in place related to business operations in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Businesses not in compliance with the rules are now subject to administrative citations. (
  • The City of Long Beach is encouraging businesses to voluntarily comply with the Safe At Home order and has issued an explanation of potential enforcement methods for non-compliant businesses.
  • The City of Long Beach has launched a COVID-19 hotline for businesses: 562-570-4BIZ.
  • The California Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control has eased restrictions on alcohol sales to help associated businesses impacted by COVID-19 regulations.

Access to Capital

  • The Funding Finder online database provides information to small businesses about COVID-19 relief programs in their area.
  • The Long Beach Small Business Transition and Technology Grant Program provides business grants funded by the CARES Act. Two grant types are available (see below). Click here to apply.
    • Working Capital Grants of up to $5,000 for rent, inventory, payroll, PPE, furnitures, fixtures, and equipment.
    • Technology Grants of up to $2,000 for tech solutions that help business safely operate and transition to digital services.

    The Small Business Restart Grant Program (SBR Grant) provides grant funding to Long Beach businesses affected by damage or theft due to the unrest on May 31. Applicants are eligible for up to $10,000 in SBR Grant funding. Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants must complete the Business Damage Assessment Form, and they will then be contacted by City staff with instructions on how to apply. The grant amount will be based on supporting documentation that illustrates the extent of damages.

  • The City of Long Beach Emergency Microloan Program offers low-interest loans to businesses and 501c3 nonprofits with five employees or fewer. Loan amounts range from $2,500 to $10,000. Loan proceeds can be used on business expenses, such as payroll costs, rent, supplies, utilities and more. Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to learn more.
  • 7/13: Long Beach City Council approved a spending plan for the City’s Coronavirus Relief Fund allocation from the State of California, including $6,750,000 to support grants for small businesses and non-profits, materials needed for economic recovery, economic inclusion and equity programs, and the City’s Open Streets Initiative. The City is in the process of preparing application materials for each funding opportunity. Those interested in applying are asked to complete the CARES Act Interest Form.
  • The Long Beach Economic Partnership has launched its second wave of grants for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. To qualify, applicants must not have received other government assistance. Selected small businesses will receive microgrants of $500 as well as access to cash flow, budget and loan application training, and one-on-one business counseling. Click here to learn more.
  • The deadline to apply to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, has been extended to August 8.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting applications for its Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance Program.
  • City of Long Beach’s Small Business Restart Grant Program provides emergency relief to small businesses impacted by theft or vandalism on May 31, 2020. Grants of $1,000-$2,000 each are available, and funds are limited. Click here for details and to apply.
  • The L.A. Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund provides grants to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits experiencing impacts due to the pandemic. Small businesses and nonprofits may apply for grants of up to $15,000, while entrepreneurs may apply for grants of up to $5,000.
  • The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) is allowing small business taxpayers to enter into 12-month interest-free payment plans for up to $50,000 of sales-and-use tax liability. This is effectively an immediate interest-free loan to small businesses.
  • Kiva Long Beach offers 0% interest loans through its fundraising platform.

Workforce and Labor Assistance

Technical Assistance

  • The State of California has partnered with industry-leading companies to launch a website, ShopSafeShopLocal, that connects small business owners to tools and resources related to shipping, operations, online marketing, and more.
  • Quantgene, a Santa Monica-based firm, is offering customized COVID-19 plans to businesses. Components include risk assessments, guidance training, COVID-19 testing solutions, ongoing health and safety monitoring, and more. Please note, this is a paid service. Click here to download details. For more information, contact Rachel Strohmeyer at or 951-775-0607.
  • The City of Long Beach is providing free downloadable posters for businesses to print and post to inform their customers and employees about best health and safety practices.
  • Local business Minuteman Press created Bounce Back Long Beach, an initiative offering a free local advertising forum for businesses, as well as a free printed COVID-19 awareness and prevention poster.
  • The Small Business Development Center is holding daily 3 p.m. webinars regarding the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program.
  • The Small Business Development Center is ready to advise business owners on COVID-19 related matters, and offers a full slate of webinars on topics related to business strategy.
  • The Long Beach Economic Development Department has created a COVID-19 resource page for businesses and employees outlining regulations, economic resources and more.
  • The California International Trade Center has compiled a list of resources useful to small businesses whose operations rely upon global trade.

Long Beach Senior Centers will remain open with limited services to ensure we support our most vulnerable community only with appropriate social distancing. 

  • The Great Plates Delivered program offers free meal delivery to adults 65 years or older, and to those aged 60-64 with medical conditions. The program is ongoing through July 10. Click here to learn more and apply.
  • Meals on Wheels Long Beach provides home-delivered meals to residents who are unable to cook or shop for themselves and who live alone.
  • Seniors (60+), individuals with disabilities, and dependent adults can now receive FREE 24/7 delivery of groceries & other necessities through LA County’s Critical Delivery Service.
  • Long Beach Senior Center (1150 E. 4th St.) will remain open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for cafe and lunch service only.
  • Senior lunches also will be served at the following sites from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with appropriate social distancing:
    • Cesar Chavez Park (401 Golden Ave.)
    • El Dorado Park West (2800 N. Studebaker Rd.)
    • Expo Center (4321 Atlantic Ave.)
    • McBride Park (1500 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.)
    • Ramona Park (3301 E. 65th St.)
    • Silverado Park (1545 W. 31st St.)
  • The California Department of Aging offers tips to help seniors stay healthy and safe, and to connect them with the services they need.
  • Learn the basics from this City of Long Beach factsheet for seniors.



Long Beach Health Updates

COVID-19 Info Line: 562-570-INFO (4636)

Long Beach Business Support Resources

Social Media Accounts and Hashtags to Follow for Latest Updates: #COVID19LongBeach 
@LongBeachCity Twitter Feed

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Keep LA County Dining

1. COVID-19 Grant Agreement. 2. COVID-19 Statement of Impact. 3. Signed federal 2018 or 2019 tax returns. 4. Current business license. If current license is not available, expired business license with proof of renewal payment made. 5. Copy of inspection grade card issued by the Public Health Department. 6.


City of Long Beach Issues Further Restrictions

Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach has reached unprecedented levels of new COVID-19 infections. COVID-19 cases, which now number 16,786, are rising rapidly in Long Beach. Since Nov 1, the average number of new cases has increased by 313%, a much steeper curve than the City saw during the summer surge.


Long Beach may receive COVID-19 vaccine doses as soon as mid-December * Long Beach Post News

Three major drug companies-AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna-have now reported late-stage results for a potential vaccine, with doses likely available as early as next month. Long Beach officials in a statement this week said the city expects to receive an initial allotment from the government as early as mid-December.


2 LA Supervisors blast outdoor dining ban as health officials warn of overwhelming hospitals * Long Beach Post News

The Board of Supervisors met for the first time Tuesday since the public health department announced Sunday that they would issue a new order suspending in-person dining now that new COVID-19 cases averaged 4,000 per day over five days.