LA County Restaurants, Hair Salons, Barbershops Can Reopen

Diners will be required to wear face coverings when not eating food

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L.A. County’s restaurants, hair salons and barbershops have been given the green light from the state to reopen, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and local officials announced on Friday.

“This further brings our communities together and resumes a sense of normalcy, representing monumental progress for Los Angeles County as we join the vast majority of other regions in California on the path toward reopening and recovery,” Supervisor Kathryn Barger tweeted.

These businesses will be required to follow physical distancing and sanitation protocols before reopening.

For in-person dining, the guidelines include screening employees and customers for symptoms, having diners wait for their tables inside their cars or outside the restaurant, requiring diners to wear face coverings when they’re not eating and limiting occupancy to 60%. Restaurant bar areas will remain closed and outdoor seating and takeout is still encouraged. Restaurants can open as early as tonight for in-person dining if they can follow the protocols, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.

For hair salons and barbershops, clients and staff must wear face coverings, magazines and coffee will not be provided and stylists can only serve one client at a time.

“Reopening as safely as possible and in ways that protect both employees and customers will require a lot of effort, and we do appreciate everyone’s commitment to doing this right,” Ferrer said. “There’s a great deal at stake in the reopening.”

Ferrer announced there were 1,824 confirmed new cases and 50 deaths on Friday in LA County.