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California Moves Into Phase 3, Opening Hair Salons & Barbershops

Photo by Nathon Oski

Announced at Governor Newsom’s press conference Tuesday afternoon, hair salons and barbershops in most California counties are allowed to open with modifications. The announcement comes off the heels of last week’s announcement, allowing stores and malls to open for shopping and restaurants for dine-in. Newsom cited the extent of testing capability and stability in the rate of positive cases as a reason for the salon and shop openings.

Of the 58 California counties, 47 were granted variances to move at a faster pace through Newsom’s four phase plan.

Opening counties met the guidelines of lowered hospitalization rates and decreased number of Coronavirus cases.

Modifications for Hair Salons & Barbershops

The standard requirements from the California Department of Health for salons and shops opening up are as follows:

  • Design a Worksite Specific Plan that includes:
    • Physical distancing to the maximum extent possible,
    • Use of face coverings by workers (where respiratory protection is not required) and customers/clients
    • Frequent handwashing and regular and thorough cleaning and disinfection,
    • Training workers on these and other elements of the COVID-19 prevention plan.

Services that cannot be performed with face coverings on both the worker and customer or that require touching the customer’s face:

  • Eyelash services,
  • Eyebrow waxing and threading,
  • Facials,
  • Etc.

To view specific requirements for hair salons and barbershops, click here.

Counties Currently Not Allowed to Move Further in the Reopening Phases

  • Alameda
  • Contra Costa
  • Imperial
  • Los Angeles
  • Marin
  • Monterey
  • San Francisco
  • San Mateo
  • Santa Clara
  • Santa Cruz
  • Tulare

Other Sector Allowed to Open This Week: Places of Worship

Places of worship are allowed to open with modifications that include:

  • Limiting attendance to 25% of building capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees,
  • Establishing and implementing a Workplace Specific Plan for every location,
  • Training for employees and volunteers,
  • Setting physical distancing guidelines,
  • Recommending staff and guests wear cloth face coverings,
  • Implementing cleaning and disinfecting protocols,
  • Screening staff for temperature and symptoms at the beginning of their shifts.
  • Set parameters around or consider eliminating singing and group recitations (these activities dramatically increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission)

To view specific requirements for places of worship, click here.

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