Here’s where hair salons and malls can reopen in the Bay Area starting Monday


As of Monday, a myriad of businesses can welcome customers across much of the Bay Area after Governor Gavin Newsom rolls out a new system to track the prevalence of COVID-19 in counties and guide the process reopening.Instead of the state’s coronavirus watchlist – which has been criticized by local officials for its litany of demands – the new system only takes into account the positivity rate and county cases per 100,000 population. Counties can change from purple (widespread transmission) to red (significant) to orange (moderate) to yellow (minimal) only after spending at least three weeks in each category.

WALNUT CREEK, CA – JUNE 17: Chris Jennings, left, of the Str8 Edge Barber Shop cuts Jakob Carstensen’s hair on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in Walnut Creek, Calif. Wednesday was the first day for barbers and salons in hairstyle to serve the public in Contra Costa County since the closure due to COVID-19. (Aric Crabb / Bay Area News Group)

About 87% of the state, as well as the majority of the Bay Area, will start in the ‘purple’ category, which means more than seven new cases per day per 100,000 population or a positivity rate of over 8. %.

Even so, some businesses that were previously closed may reopen under state guidelines, including all retail stores, 25% capacity malls, and indoor hair salons and salons. But counties reserve the right to be more restrictive, which means those businesses won’t necessarily reopen everywhere on Monday.

All indoor businesses must continue to follow social distancing and cleaning guidelines, while customers and employees are still required to wear masks.

Statewide, the California seven-day average for new cases is about 10.5 cases per 100,000, according to the Department of Public Health, with a positivity rate of 5.9%. After an increase in the number of cases earlier this summer, hospitalizations dropped dramatically to around 4,205 patients on Thursday, the lowest number since late June, while average daily deaths slowly began to decline from their peak in early August. .

Here is the breakdown of each county.

Alameda County: purple. County officials said on Saturday they are still reviewing the state’s new rules and expect to provide a more in-depth update next week. So far, the county has provided a list of business statuses, noting that indoor malls can reopen at 25% capacity on Monday and all previously open retail businesses must also limit customer numbers. Salons and hair salons are still limited outside.

Contra Costa County: purple. In accordance with Newsom guidelines, the county will allow retail, barber shops and barber shops to restart domestic services from Monday.

Marin County: purple. Health officials said the California Department of Public Health had told them the county would go red (substantial spread) in an “abbreviated schedule,” thanks to its high testing rates. In the meantime, retail businesses, hair salons and hairdressers may restart domestic services on Monday.

Napa County: red. With 6.6 cases per 100,000 and a positivity rate of 4.2%, Napa is one of two counties to be in the “substantial” category in the wider Bay Area along with San Francisco. Officials said some indoor businesses will be allowed to reopen at limited capacity from Monday – Newsom guidelines call for keeping gyms at 10% capacity, restaurants at 25% and retail stores with capacity 50% off – with more tips coming up over the weekend.

San Francisco County: red. Although outdoor personal services reopened on Friday and outdoor gymnasiums are slated to reopen on September 9, the Mayor of London Breed said on Friday that for the time being, the city will maintain indoor hairdressing salons, barber shops and shopping malls closed as the city reviews Newsom’s latest guidelines. The county has 9.2 cases per 100,000 and a positivity rate of 3.1%.

San Mateo County: purple. The county will allow retailers, barber shops and hairdressers to restart domestic services starting Monday.

Santa Clara County: purple. The county will allow retailers, barbershops and hairdressers to restart domestic services starting Monday.

Santa Cruz County: purple. The county will allow retailers, barber shops and hairdressers to restart domestic services starting Monday.

Solano County: purple. The county will allow retailers, barber shops and hairdressers to restart domestic services starting Monday.

Sonoma County: purple. Health worker Dr Sundari Mase said on Friday the county was in “good company” in the purple level with the rest of the Bay Area, and that she was examining whether the cases are associated with hair salons and shops. hair salons. Mase has promised to have an update on reopening “by Monday”.


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