California allows some reopening of barbershops, hair salons

Brenda Watkins
May 27, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that barber and beauty shops can reopen with restrictions in the counties that have asked to move further in reopening, which includes San Luis Obispo County.

Despite the growth in coronavirus cases, the governor has eased numerous restrictions of his original stay-at-home order over the last month and pointed to steady hospitalizations as proof that California is bending the curve.

"We are just in the first wave of this pandemic", cautioned the governor, indicating that the second wave is still to come. "It hasn't ended. And while we are moving forward because of stabilization, because of the good work that's been done by health officials all across this nation, all across the state of California specifically to suppress the spread of this virus, by no stretch of the imagination is this virus behind us".

The governor emphasized the high risk to the disease that the state's residents over age 65 or with compromised health face and reiterated that people in those categories should remain at home as much as possible through Stage 4 of the state's response.

The Newsom administration on Monday also allowed retail stores to reopen in California, shifting away from an earlier patchwork approach that permitted in-person shopping only in counties that met the state's criteria.

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The governor announced that barbershops and hair salons are now allowed under those regional variances. The state has posted information and guidelines on how those businesses should proceed.

"Those counties will begin to allow for those kinds of operations with meaning full modifications with the appropriate protective gear, particularly face coverings that are so essential in that environment, sanitation requirements, and the like", Newsom said.

"The issues there require a little more specificity", Newsom said in regards to nail salons.

Newsom stated new guidelines are expected soon for summer camps, childcare facilities, and professional sports without an audience.

"It's been a very positive process", said Newsom, before saying that the reopening of film and TV production is looking a lot like that implemented by the grocery industry, which the governor called "a model in terms of guidelines for safely reopening".

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