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New guidelines released for reopening of hair salons, barbershops outdoors


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday announced the release of updated guidelines that would allow personal care services to reopen outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic.

>> Click here to read the updated guidance online.

The update guidelines applies to personal care services including:

  • Personal care that requires touching a client’s face
  • Waxing
  • Esthetic
  • Skin care
  • Cosmetology
  • Nail services
  • Massage therapy (in non-healthcare settings)

At this time, electrology, tattooing, and piercing services are not permitted in outdoor settings.

To operate outdoors, services must 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.

Additionally, salons should not perform a service that would require a customer to have to go inside the business.

Face coverings must also be required.

Some salon owners say reopening comes at a new price.

“We lost $18,000 just being closed and then we had to spend more money on PPE things, now we’re going to have to spend more money on things we can temporarily use outside, what are we going to do with this equipment after we’re finished? Portable sinks, salon chairs that go outside,” Jessica Santiago, a salon owner, said.

The new guidance does not apply to tattoo and piercing shops. 

State officials say they are invasive procedures and require a controlled hygienic environment to be done safely.

“Those new guidelines are up and hopefully that provides more clarity, if we need to provide even more we’ll get the good feedback, which I anticipate,” Governor Newsom said. 

The updates came a week after the governor ordered these businesses and others to shut down their indoor operations across most of the state. 

“This is not a sustainable approach, the bottom line here is the Governor’s administration needs to be figuring out ways to say yes not no or wait or maybe,” Assemblymember Jim Patterson, R-Fresno, said. 

There are now 33 of 58 California counties on the state’s COVID-19 watch list:

According to the governor, there has been a 15% increase in ICU admissions over the past 14 days, and a 16% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations over the same period.

He pointed out two weeks ago that number was much larger with increases of more than 50%.

The state’s positivity rate declined slightly to 7.2% over the last week.

“No one is satisfied being north of 7% and we got close to 8% last week, so these numbers can change rapidly again, depending on our personal behavior,” Newsom said. 

Last week, Newsom revealed strict guidelines for schools to reopen in California, making it unlikely that the vast majority of districts will have classroom instruction in the fall as the pandemic surges.

The guidelines will apply to both public and private schools, as well as those on the state’s COVID-19 watch list.

Every Bay Area county except for San Mateo is currently on that watch list.

Right now many Bay Area counties have already announced distance learning will be used for the upcoming fall semester.

School districts in San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Brentwood, and Marin have already announced plans for online starts to the fall semester.

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