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California schools and businesses should be able to fully reopen at their pre-pandemic capacities starting June 15, regardless of which of the state’s color-coded tiers are currently in place in their county, officials said Tuesday, April 6.

In a major advancement in the state's COVID-19 economic recovery, California health officials announced changes Friday that will allow a resumption of indoor activities such as concerts, conferences and theater performances — and a return of fans to indoor sporting events.

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People age 50 and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations by April 1, and anyone age 16 and older will be able to get them on April 15, under expanded coronavirus vaccination rules announced Thursday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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New building projects continue to spring up in Long Beach, despite the hurdles many developers have had to overcome during the coronavirus pandemic — but one forthcoming project in the city will be built specifically because of the crisis.

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The Aquarium of the Pacific could soon reopen its inside galleries, perhaps as soon as the end of the weekend — welcomed news for the regional tourist attraction, which has taken such a financial hit since closing indoor operations a year ago that the City Council recently approved a $5 mill…

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Gov. Gavin Newsom urged health officials across the state to prioritize vaccinating educators against the coronavirus so they can quicken when schools can reopen for in-person learning, touting Long Beach on Monday morning, Feb. 22, with being a model for the rest of California.

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Long Beach Unified School District will bring students in grades five and below back to campuses on March 29, delaying the return to in-person learning from the initial March 1 target, in an effort to ensure all staff members get fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, officials said this week.

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Long Beach continues to expand its ability to inoculate people from the coronavirus, with MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center announcing Wednesday, Jan. 27, that an additional vaccine clinic had opened on the Long Beach Medical Center campus over the weekend.

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Several business and services that have been closed in Long Beach to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus — including salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, museums, zoos, aquariums and outdoor dining — can reopen soon.

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Long Beach continued expanding its ability to inoculate people from the coronavirus Tuesday, Jan. 19, when the Convention Center opened as a mass vaccination site, with officials expecting to give out more than 1,500 doses on the first day — and eventually 3,000 daily.

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In the weeks, months and years ahead, Long Beach residents can look forward to a mass coronavirus vaccination site at the Convention Center, a guaranteed income program for low-income college students, a $15 million tenant assistance program and a ballot initiative to reform the Citizen Poli…

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Long Beach’s Community Hospital reopened on Monday, Jan. 4, and is “ready to accept patients,” the facility’s spokesman, Brandon Dowling, said in a phone interview — though the facility went much, if not all, of its first day without anyone to care for.

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Southern California’s troubling outlook for intensive care capacity and other key pandemic metrics have prompted state health officials to keep the stay-at-home order in place, officials said Tuesday, Dec. 29.

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