Gyms and Bars Allowed to Reopen Friday
By edhat staff
California will allow gyms, bars, schools, day camps, hotels, and professional sports to begin reopening with modifications on Friday.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will release Phase 3 guidelines for local public health departments to decide how these services should reopen based on COVID-19 transmission, testing, and other metrics.
Santa Barbara County Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg will have the ultimate say on when and how these industries can reopen.
The state's guidance will also include rules on bowling alleys, casinos, museums, zoos and aquariums, and music, film and television production.
“Just because some businesses are opening doesn’t mean your risk for COVID-19 is gone. We all need to continue to keep physical distancing, wash our hands and wear face coverings in public,” said Dr. Sonia Angell, CDPH Health Officer.
The rules on schools and day camps will apply statewide. Schools will require physical distancing and it may include no-touch thermometers, hand sanitizer, face masks, and face shields.
Dr. Ansorg will be reviewing local COVID-19 metrics this Wednesday to determine the best way and time to reopen other sectors of the local economy. If Santa Barbara county is still in compliance, a new health order will be issued Wednesday amending the stay-at-home order to allow these specific businesses to reopen by Friday. All businesses will be required to self-certify on the Public Health Department's website.
The following sectors will not be eligible to reopen: nail salons, tattoo parlors, body waxing, sauna, indoor playgrounds, movie theatres, live theatre, concerts, nightclubs, festivals, theme parks, and in-person instruction for higher education.