Gov. Newsom on New Guidelines for Barbershops, Hair Salons to Operate Outdoors Safely


Gov. Gavin Newsom released new guidelines for barbershops and hair salons to operate outdoors in a safe environment Monday.

According to the guidelines on the California COVID-19 website, "This document provides guidance for hair salons and barbershops to support a safe, clean, outdoor environment for workers and customers. Hair salon or barbershop owners or operators must acknowledge that lessees should only resume operations when they are ready and able to implement the necessary safety measures to provide for their safety and that of their customers."

The guidelines state that "Outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy, or other sun shelter as long as no more than one side is closed, allowing sufficient outdoor air movement. Salons and barbershops should not perform a service that would require a customer to have to enter the establishment."

Newsom reminded everyone to keep wearing masks, and social distance and not mix with those who aren't in your household on Monday.

He reminded what was closed statewide - indoor operations at dine-in restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, zoos, bars including outdoors - and what was closed in certain counties including gyms, shopping malls and places of worship.

Newsom said there would be more clarity and guidelines for those in the personal care industry released today saying why they can't move outdoors.

This was in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic when it comes to the surge in cases across the state. On July 19, California reported 9,329 new cases of COVID-19. The state now has a total of 384,692 positive cases. There have been a total of 7,685 deaths in the state.

He said the hospitalizations and ICU rates are declining in the state.  He said the list of counties on the state monitoring list is now 33 counties including LA County, San Francisco, Alameda, Fresno, Ventura, Orange County and others.

Newsom also stressed people should not mix with those who aren't in their households.

"It's important to remind all of us that this transmission can be mitigated by wearing face masks and physical distancing," he said.  He said taking activities outdoors can mitigate the spread of the virus adding physical or social distancing and being six feet apart from people outside of your household is essential. 

"Fewer people you mix with the significant reduction in the likelihood of others contracting the disease and you as well being impacted by the disease," Newsom said.

Last week, Gov. Newsom ordered the closure of schools for in-person classes for those Calfornia counties that are on the state monitoring list. Newsom said schools can physically reopen when its county has been off the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. Schools that don't meet this requirement must begin the year with distance learning, according to Newsom.

Newsom said the schools in those counties on the watch list can't reopen in-person school until they are off the state monitoring list for two weeks straight unless the district superintendent requests a waiver from the county health officer, which may be granted. They will shift to distance learning in at least 32 counties.

That includes Los Angeles County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County and Ventura County and counties up north like Alameda County, Marin County, Monterey and Napa.

Both LAUSD and San Diego School District have already announced that their school year will start online and school campuses will remain closed. LAUSD starts Aug. 18.

Newsom ordered the closure of fitness centers, houses of worship, hair and nail salons, barbershops in LA County, which is one of the counties on the state monitoring list.

LA County Public Health officials also announced the closure of those sectors to mimic Newsom's order: Gyms and Fitness Centers, Places of Worship, Indoor Protests, Offices for Non-Critical Infrastructure Sectors, nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo parlors, hair salons and barbershops, malls.

Newsom ordered the closure of indoor operations at restaurants, wineries, zoos, movie theaters for at least three weeks for certain counties, including LA County, amid rising cases of COVID-19 in the state. Newsom has already ordered the closure of bars in LA County and other counties. Meanwhile, LA County, Orange County and Riverside counties decided to close their bars. The city of LA also ordered the closures of their gyms, hair and nail salons, barbershops and houses of worship.

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