Hair salons and barber shops will be allowed to resume indoor operations soon throughout Los Angeles County, but they must operate at limited capacity, it was announced Wednesday.
The beauty and grooming establishments will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn tweeted. Options for increasing capacity will be reevaluated three weeks after Labor Day and at that time, if coronavirus case numbers allow, hair salons will be allowed to increase capacity to 50%.
Once the orders are posted and shops have reviewed the protocol and understand what they need to do, they will be able to reopen as soon as today, officials said.
"If your hair salon or barber shop has been operating outdoors please continue to do so and use your 25% occupancy for those services you're not able to provide outdoors. All other current restrictions remain unchanged at this time," county Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said in a news conference.
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Salons were forced to close in March under Gov. Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home order. They were allowed to reopen in May and then closed down again on July 13, when most indoor businesses were ordered to close amid a spike of coronavirus cases in California.
On July 20, Newsom modified that order to allow hair salons, nail salons, massage parlors and other beauty services to operate outdoors while following certain guidelines, including wearing a face covering.
LA County is still not ready to open nail salons, indoor shopping malls or other businesses but we are moving in the right direction, according to LA County Supervisor Hinda Solis.
"We are once again back on the path of recovery which means reopening may be in sight," she said.