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‘Longhairs’ rejoice, barbershops, salons can reopen with social distancing


Read the full article by Paul Sisson in the San Diego Union-Tribune here.

For now, the state is allowing only those procedures that can performed while workers and clients alike wear facial coverings. That means that haircuts, weaves, extensions, braiding, maintenance of braided hair and wigs, hair-relaxing treatments and coloration are all allowed.

Procedures that require workers to touch a client’s face, such as eyelash services, eyebrow waxing, threading and facials, as well as shaving, remain prohibited. And forget about rushing in for a mani-pedi. Nail salons, county officials said Tuesday, are not yet allowed to reopen, though that service should be “coming soon.”

Noting that it is great news “for all of you longhairs,” county Supervisor Greg Cox got a chuckle from his colleagues Tuesday introducing colleague Nathan Fletcher. Fletcher noted that the county has made a pact with the state to reverse re-opening decisions if certain “trigger” trends, such as increasing COVID case rates or decreasing hospital capacity, reverse their current downward trajectories.

“It’s very important that, as a people, that we adhere to the things that mitigate the risk of spread,” Fletcher said.

The county also updated its health order Tuesday to provide a new exemption for one-on-one sports instruction. There is no word yet on when youth sports leagues can resume. Plans are also in the works to open entertainment parks, which have now been added to the third phase of the governor’s tiered re-opening strategy.