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Contra Costa County to allow certain businesses to reopen indoors on Monday

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CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — Contra Costa County is allowing certain businesses to roepen indoors beginning Monday.

Contra Costa County health officials say hair salons can move off the sidewalk and back inside.

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Here’s what is and isn’t allowed to reopen:

  • Hair salons: open indoor with modifications
  • Retail: open indoors at 25% capacity
  • Malls: open indoors at 25% capacity and food courts closed
  • Personal care services (nail salons, body waxing, etc.): outdoor only
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums: outdoor only
  • Places of worship: outdoor only
  • Movie theaters: outdoor only
  • Hotels: open with modifications
  • Gyms: outdoor only
  • Restaurants: outdoor only
  • Wineries: outdoor only
  • Bars and breweries: closed
  • Family entertainment centers: outdoor only, like mini golf, batting cages and go-kart racing
  • Cardrooms: outdoor only
  • Non-essential offices: remote work only
  • Professional sports: no live audiences
  • Schools: must stay closed

“Ugh, I’m so excited! Thank you to let me open,” Isa Anne Kerr said.

Kerr, the owner of Nails Naturally in Clayton, was almost in tears and so excited to finally be able to reopen — even if it means she has to operate outdoors.

“I’ll probably go home and cry,” she said.

She’s working on a patio, her clients are getting temperature checks.

Other nail salons are also now open outside, like Delicate Nails in Walnut Creek.

County health officials explain why it felt like a good time to allow these services to open outdoors.

“We made this decision because our numbers have been improving so our number of cases per day, our test positivity and our number of patients in hospital with COVID all peaked in July, early August and have slowly been coming down since then,” Dr. Chris Farnitano said.

Dr. Farnitano says while COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are improving, numbers are still much higher than they were during the previous peak in mid-April.

And people should continue to practice social distancing and masks should still be worn.

Hair salon owners said Friday they are ecstatic that they can open back up indoors on Monday.

Especially because of the poor air quality and the heat this time of year, it’s been tough for them to even attempt to work outside.

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