Governor Allows Hair Salons and Barber Shops to Open
19 Blue Salon on 19 W. Ortega Street (Photo captured before COVID-19, 19Blue/Instagram)
By edhat staff
Hair salons and barbershops are allowed to reopen in Santa Barbara County and most of California per the Governor's announcement on Tuesday.
Governor Gavin Newsom stated the counties that have attested to the state that COVID-19 is under control locally can reopen those businesses effective immediately. Forty-seven of California's 58 counties have met the requirements, including Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties.
The counties that have yet to meet the requirements are Alameda, Contra Costa, Imperial, Los Angeles, Marin, Monterey, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Tulare.
Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg issued a new health officer order on Tuesday
Hair salons must follow a new set of health and safety guidelines in order to operate. Those new rules include:
- Requiring the use of face coverings for staff and customers
- Removing high-touch amenities like magazines, coffee makers from lobbies
- Frequent disinfecting of booths, stations and tools
- Contacting customers before appointments to ensure they aren't exhibiting symptoms
- Staggering appointments to reduce crowding
Services that cannot be performed with a face covering on both the worker and customer or that require touching of the customer’s face are not allowed.
Dr. Ansorg also addressed graduation ceremonies stating in-person events are allowed as long as activities are outdoors with attendees in motor vehicles from the same household, vehicles are maintaining six feet apart, and the total number of attendees is less than 100.
Graduates will be able to walk across the stage with their diploma for a photo as long as there is proper social distancing.
On Monday, the state released new guidelines for faith communities and in-store retail to reopen as long as their county was previously approved to move into Phase 2B.
Places of worship are allowed to reopen as long as they "limit attendance to 25% of a building's capacity - or up to 100 attendees, whichever is lower" and follow social distancing rules. Such rules include wearing face masks, screening congregants and staff temperature and symptoms, no passing of offering plates or sharing items like prayer books, frequent disinfecting of pews/chairs and handrails as well as microphones and podiums, shorter services, open doors and windows, and allowing six feet of separation between people.
In-store retail is now allowed as long as businesses follow the proper guidelines that include social distancing, mask-wearing, and frequent disinfecting.
The modifications to the stay-at-home order do not include gyms, nail salons, movie theatres, live sports, concerts, festivals, bars, or hotels for leisure/tourism to reopen.
Newsom stated new guidelines are expected soon for summer camps, childcare facilities, and professional sports without an audience.
More information can be found on the state's website at covid19.ca.gov.
[Editor's Note: This article has been updated to include the recent Health Order issued by the Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer]