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A bike rider ducks under the caution tape closing the beach bike path on Saturday.

Long Beach extended all closures associated with the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic through May 1, officials have announced.

The news came Saturday, March 28, along with a slate of other changes to the city’s “Safer at Home” order, which required all non-essential businesses to shut down and directed residents to stay at home except for necessary tasks, like grocery shopping or going to the pharmacy, to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Some of the changes, including the closure of beaches and public trails, were announced Friday, March 27. Other amendments officials made are:

Private gyms in multifamily housing complexes, such as in condominium and apartment complexes, must close

Businesses that sell exclusively personal care products, like beauty supply stores, must close

Funerals are not permitted, and death care services are limited to the removal, care, preparation, and burial of deceased persons or animals

Painting services are only allowed to be used to sell or lease new residences, to maintain the safety or habitability of buildings or if the painting is due to new construction

Licensed medical cannabis dispensaries may temporarily offer curbside pickup under certain conditions, including that payment is made in advance, that patients submit proof of identification and medical card before pickup and that uniformed and licensed security personnel are present.

Officials also announced the city can now ticket businesses that are operating in violation of the order; the Water Department may also shut off water service to non-essential businesses that continue to operate.

“We are at a pivotal point in this public health crisis,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement, “therefore it is critical that we maintain safe social distances and do everything possible to reduce the risk of infection in our community.”

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