Alameda County allows indoor hair salon services starting Friday

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ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — Alameda County is allowing indoor salon services starting Friday, Sept. 4.

Before this, salons were styling hair outside — but it hasn’t been easy, as they can’t offer many of the regular salon services outdoors.

“I think there is going to be a lot better hair out there […] also there’s this relationship between you and your barber and hairdresser. It’s sad and you miss them,” said Alameda resident Bonnie Nelson-Duffey.

Another local, Daylin Ramirez, said she thinks reopening indoor salon services will “encourage small businesses to hang in there.” She said, “I think for an economic standpoint it’s so sad to see all businesses suffer, I really feel like a lot of people who work in the beauty industry are suffering right now because it involves social interaction.”

On Thursday morning, stylists at a salon in Alameda cut, dried and colored hair on the salon’s small patio. Earlier this week, barbers and stylists across the county were allowed to return to work as long as clients were outside and only three at a time.

While working outside is better than nothing, it’s not ideal. The air is smokey and there’s construction noise from across the street.

Fortunately, shops like this salon will be allowed to move indoors starting Friday morning.

There will be restrictions. Everyone needs to wear a mask and the shop can only run at 25 percent of capacity but it’s a step in the right direction.

Don’t need a haircut? The county is loosening restrictions for other kinds of operations on Friday as well.

Outdoor recreational activities such as miniature golf, batting cages, driving ranges and kart racing can resume, and indoor malls can open with 25% capacity. The county is also allowing outdoor non-contact dance classes to resume.

In all cases, physical distancing & face coverings are required.

Alameda County continues to lead the Bay Area in coronavirus cases.

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