Hair Salons, Barber Shops Can Reopen In Parts Of CA

Doug Sovern
May 26, 2020 - 1:23 pm

    Governor Gavin Newsom is now allowing hair salons and barber shops to open in some parts of the state.

    Speaking at his regular afternoon press conference, he said salons can open immediately in the 47 counties that have been authorized to move deeper into phase two of the the state’s reopening plan. 

    In the Bay Area, that applies to Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties.

    “We’re making progress, we’re moving forward. We’re not looking back but we are walking into the unknown, the untested literally and figuratively,” Newsom said.

    The state’s guidelines for hair salons include staggered appointments, masks worn at all times when inside the business, chairs spaced at least six feet apartment and frequent cleaning and sanitizing.

    Nail salons and other personal care services such as beauty parlors, tattoo parlors and gyms are not included. Hair and nail salons and gyms had originally been outlined as part of phase three of the state's reopening plan.

    The state has started loosening some guidelines every few days. On Monday public health officials allowed churches to reopen with strict limits on the number of attendees.

    The Governor said that he remains confident the state can track the impact of lifting specific restrictions on the infection rate.

    Tomorrow, the state will also release new guidelines for summer camps and schools. But a plan to reopen film and television production in the state has been postponed for the time being.