Many of California’s counties, excluding Los Angeles, are now allowed to reopen barbershops and hair salons — with major modifications, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday.
The eased restrictions apply to 47 of California’s 58 counties that have provided attestations that they meet criteria for a faster reopening — and have been given the green light by the state. They include Orange, Riverside, Ventura, San Bernardino, and Santa Barbara counties.
Densely-populated Los Angeles County, which remains the epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic in California, is not included in the list but officials announced Tuesday that they have “achieved necessary readiness criteria” and will apply for the variance from the state to reopen faster.
“Some parts of the state will not be able to pace as quickly into Phase 3, and we continue to be responsive to those concerns and the needs of those local communities to slow down the pace of reopening, and we respect that,” Newsom said at a news conference.
L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said the county will wait for the State’s clearance for reopening personal care services. The state released guidelines for barbershops and hair salons to protect from the spread of the Coronavirus in counties where the businesses are allowed to reopen. Protocols for disinfecting surfaces and physical distancing guidelines are included.