• 3 photos of an empty restaurant and hair cutting

      Conditional opening (Photos – Steven Miller, Tobias Nordhausen, and Nenad Stojkovic)

      The State of California today approved L.A. County’s request for a variance to state guidelines.

      By News Desk

      This new phase of Los Angeles County’s reopening aligns the County with neighboring counties, moving Southern California towards a regional recovery and supporting service-oriented businesses.

      Opening with safeguards!

      Hair salons and barbershops can reopen and in-person dining in restaurants can resume immediately with safeguards as Los Angeles County moves forward on the Roadmap to Recovery.
      Dining in restaurants and getting a haircut will be a different experience than we’re used to. Just as is required for all out-of-home activities, clients and staff will have to practice physical distancing and wear cloth face coverings. There will be limited capacity and  enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures.

      Here are the specific guidelines for customers at hair salons, barbershops and in-person restaurant dining:

      Barbershops and hair salons

      • Physical distancing measures will be in place.
      • Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Clients feeling unwell should reschedule their appointment.
      • Everyone, including clients, must wear cloth face coverings while in the salon or barber shop and clients are encouraged to wear face coverings with earloops to ensure the face covering does not interfere with the hair service.
      • Magazines, coffee and other amenities will not be available.
      • Clients are encouraged to use credit cards and contactless payment systems. If electronic or card payment is not possible, customers should come with exact cash payment or check, if available.
      • Stylists may only serve one client at a time.

      In-person dining in restaurants

      • Physical distancing measures will be in place.
      • Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Patrons feeling unwell should not eat at a restaurant.
      • Outdoor seating and curbside pickup are prioritized.
      • Reservations will be encouraged.
      • Customers will be asked to wait for their table in their cars or outside the restaurant to prevent crowds from gathering.
      • Diners must wear cloth face coverings when not eating.
      • Bar areas will be closed.
      • Occupancy capacity will be limited to 60% for the next three weeks.

      What’s closed

      This is what still closed, or prohibited, at this time:

      • Nail salons
      • Spa services, including massage, facials and waxing
      • Gyms and fitness centers
      • Beach piers
      • Indoor entertainment venues including arcades, bowling alleys, movie theaters, live performance theaters, concert halls, stadiums, arenas, theme parks, gaming facilities and festivals
      • Indoor museums, galleries and zoos

      Click here for a detailed list of what’s open and closed in L.A. County

      Threat is not gone

      This step forward doesn’t mean the threat of COVID-19 is gone. Residents must continue to practice physical distancing, wear cloth face coverings and follow public health guidelines in place.

      If at any time, the County’s rate of infection and other key metrics return to unsafe numbers, the Department of Public Health can limit or close reopened sectors.

      Los Angeles County is under a Safer At Work And In The Community order and public and private gatherings of people outside of a single household unit are not permitted except for public protests and faith-based services, which are permitted to operate with limits on the number of participants.

      Everyone must continue to follow physical distancing and infection control protocols and wear a cloth face covering when in contact with others not in your household.

      Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, said:

      This is an important milestone for Los Angeles County as we transition to being Safer at Work and Safer in our Communities and move forward in our path of reopening and recovery. I am grateful to our state and local leaders for their partnership and collaboration in supporting the residents and businesses of Los Angeles County.

      The new openings are part of a phased progression guiding the safe resumption of public life in Los Angeles County, including the resumption and reopenings that include: in-person faith-based services, in-store shopping at retail stores, bike paths, drive-in movies and other recreational pursuits. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will amend its Health Officer Order accordingly.

      The City of Pasadena passed a revised Safer at Home Order similar to L.A. County.

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      1. Kamala Almanzar says:

        Does this mean they’ll scratch closing Colorado to cars for outdoor dining? I was hoping for some innovation from all this. I won’t be able to do inside a restaurant until it’s really over. Was hoping for an accessible enjoyable dining experience

      2. Jean Prinz says:

        Hair salons are open only with one person, start to finish, at one time, with masks.

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