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BREAKING NEWS: California Reopens Salons Indoors

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BREAKING NEWS California Reopens Salons Indoors

Hair salons, barbershops and nail salons are open indoors once again after more than four weeks following another lockdown in parts of the state. On Jan. 25, 2021 the state went back to the previous color-coded monitoring system, “Blueprint for a Safer Economy”. This allows personal service businesses to open in all tiers. Currently, 54 counties are under the “Purple: Widespread” tier, which allows hair and nail salons to operate indoors at 25 percent capacity.


On Dec. 6, the state implemented a “Regional Stay At Home Order” which broke the state into five regions. Regions that had less than 15 percent ICU capacity were forced to close all non-essential businesses, mirroring the lockdown that happened statewide in March of 2020. At one point, four out of five regions were affected, which is roughly 98 percent of the state’s population. The region of Northern California was never required to close.


Click here to find out what restrictions are implemented in your county. 


A Brief Recap Of Salon Closures:

Salons and barbershops were closed for months during the first lockdown implemented in March. Then, some counties were permitted to reopen businesses for a few weeks in July, but were forced to re-close under a new lockdown order. Days later, Gov. Newsom permitted stylists to resume operations outside under strict guidelines, but after input from the California State Board of Cosmetology & Barbering, services were limited and chemical services were restricted altogether. 


Stylists and industry leaders took to the streets protesting the second round of closures and advocating for the industry’s strong sanitation standards and the right to reopen safely. Click here to read more about the recent protests.


On Aug. 31, salons and barbershops were permitted to resume indoor operations at 25 percent, even if they were listed in the most severe tier labeled “Purple: Widespread”. As case numbers rose during the fall months, the state imposed stricter restrictions with the “Regional Stay At Home Order.” 


As of today, counties have not imposed stricter restrictions than those laid out in the “Blueprint For A Safer Economy,” but county health departments do have the authority to halt any further reopening progress for any industry. County health officials can be stricter than state industry guidance but cannot be less stringent than the state.


To find out what tier your county is in, click here. Choose the county and specific industry to read more about reopening status, guidelines and how long the county will remain under that tier.


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