REOPENING: Hair Salons, Barbershops Can Resume Indoor Operations at 25 % Capacity in LA County

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By KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn announced Wednesday LA County is updating its Public Health Officer orders where hair salons and barbershops can reopen their indoor operations, set at 25 percent capacity limit.

"LA County’s Health Officer Order will be updated to allow hair salons and barber shops to resume indoor operations at 25% capacity. Options for increasing capacity will be re-evaluated three weeks after Labor Day," she said on Twitter.

The County of LA said in a press release "Effective today, hair salons and barbershops can reopen immediately at 25% occupancy for indoor services as long as they have infection control safeguards in place and comply with the County’s Health Officer Order (HOO) Reopening Protocols for Hair Salons and Barbershops, which require physical distancing and face coverings for both employees and customers. As permitted by the state, hair salons and barbershops are encouraged to maintain as many operations outdoors as possible."

LA County officials were expected to make a decision on reopening hair salons and barbershops in the county Wednesday.

LA County’s Health Officer Order will be updated to allow hair salons and barber shops to resume indoor operations at 25% capacity.Options for increasing capacity will be re-evaluated three weeks after Labor Day.

— Janice Hahn (@SupJaniceHahn) September 2, 2020

Update: An announcement on reopening is expected tomorrow @KNX1070 https://t.co/EOEZBkKm4Y

— Claudia Peschiutta (@ReporterClaudia) September 1, 2020

On Monday, Supervisor Kathryn Barger said the county may announce Tuesday afternoon a decision on reopening hair salons and barbershops. That did not happen on Tuesday afternoon.

California Gov. Newsom announced reopening guidelines - again - last week for the counties in the state and this time it's color-coded and in tiers. Newsom said there will be a uniform framework that provides four tiers, not 58 variations. Newsom also announced on Friday that barbershops and hair salons can reopen across the state today Monday, Aug. 31 but that can be overridden by individual counties.

For example, LA County is in the purple tier which means "As of August 31, 2020, counties in the Widespread (purple) tier may open some businesses and activities with modifications, including all retail, shopping centers at maximum 25% capacity, and hair salons and barbershops indoors."

The metrics to move through the tiers will be case rate and test positivity for county movement  - "the new simple metrics that will determine movement within these tiers," Newsom said.

On Monday LA County Public Health said in a press release "LA County is currently in Tier 1, meaning that there continues to be widespread transmission of the virus in the county."

"The current number of new cases per day per 100,000 people is 13.1, nearly double the threshold for this tier which is less than 7 new cases per day per 100,000 population. And even though L.A. County’s current test positivity rate of 5% puts us in Tier 2 (Red) for this metric, when the two metrics fall in different tiers the state places counties in the most restrictive tier; hence, L.A. County, like most counties in California, has been placed in Tier 1. Our path forward for recovery depends on us being able to reduce community transmission significantly so children and teachers can get back to their classrooms and more people can get back to their jobs with as much safety as possible," Public Health said.

Last Friday, however, LA County Public Health said that the health officer order has NOT been changed to allow reopening hair salons and barbershops indoor as well as retail at 25 percent capacity.

"While LA County can, under CA’s new #COVID19 reopening rules, allow barbershops and hair salons to resume indoor operations and malls to reopen (at 25% capacity) on Monday, @lapublichealth says the health officer order has NOT been changed to allow that to happen," KNX reporter Claudia Peschiutta reported last week.

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