L.A. County allows nail salons, bars, other businesses to reopen Friday

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Los Angeles County health officials announced Thursday that nail salons, bars and other businesses can reopen Friday, as long as they implement required infection control protocols.

Additional sectors that can resume operations Friday include wineries, breweries and tasting rooms; esthetician, skin care and cosmetology services; electrology; nail salons; body art professionals, tattoo parlors, microblading and permanent make-up; and piercing shops; and massage therapy; cardrooms, satellite wagering facilities and racetracks with no spectators.

The reopenings come as the county reported 1,051 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, and 36 new deaths. This brings the total number of positive cases countywide to 78,227, with a total of 3,027 deaths.

The state had announced Monday that some personal care services would be allowed to reopen as of Friday, as long as individual counties approved. They released detailed guidelines that businesses must adhere to, including cleaning and virus-spread prevention plans.

Additionally, employees and customers must wear a cloth face covering when around other people and practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet at all times, according to L.A. County’s new health order. Some employees may even be required to wear face shields.

The Professional Beauty Federation of California sued the state last month for permission to reopen hair and nail salons. Although hair salons have since reopened, anticipation remained high for the reopening of nail salons.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said in early May that the first person in the state to contract the coronavirus through community spread caught the virus in a nail salon. But he declined to give details on where or which salon, citing privacy concerns.

Orange and Ventura counties also announced Thursday that personal care services would be allowed to resume Friday.

Also on Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered everyone in California to wear face coverings while in public or in high-risk settings after the state recorded a single-day high in coronavirus cases.

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