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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 21:02

CA Hair Salons, Barbershops Can Open with Modifications, Gov Says

Written by Renee Schiavone, Patch


Though the state remains in stage 2 of California's reopening plan, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced May 26 that hair salons and barbershops may now open back up in those counties already approved for "accelerated reopening."

Those facilities had previously been classified as a stage 3 step.


Accelerated reopening refers to those counties that have provided attestations that they are ready to move into stage "2.5," by meeting specific criteria previously laid out by the state. As of May 26, 47 of 58 counties had met that criteria to receive a regional variance, Newsom said at a media briefing.


After mentioning there have been more than 2,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 19 deaths in the last 24 hours in California, Newsom said we are in a "transition" phase of the economy.


"It's a long way of saying we still have a long way to go before we get where we need to be," Newsom said. "We're not even out of the first wave of this pandemic... By no stretch of the imagination, is this virus behind us."


Still, Newsom said the state is moving forward cautiously and referenced the modifications made over the weekend to churches and retail.


"You should expect more of those directives and guidelines to be put out over the next few days and the next few weeks," he said, adding that "we want to see how some of these phased-in modifications go" before other adjustments are made.


As for hair salons and barbershops, they must meet specific guidelines as well. And those located in some areas of the state that remain on further lockdown, like the Bay Area and Los Angeles County, may not yet move forward.


"These sectors may be open in counties that have received state approval, but are not permitted to open statewide," the state's website on COVID-19 guidance states.

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