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When Will Hair Salons Reopen in California?

ImageSandra Serrano, a stylist, colored Norma Beltran's hair at the Atomic Kitten Salon on May 19, in Bakersfield, before stylists and barbers were officially allowed to return to work.
Credit…Alex Horvath/The Bakersfield Californian, via Associated Press

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On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom showed off his newly shorn non-mullet and a new, slightly more permissive stance toward the crowded beaches, parks and trails that Californians probably encountered over the long weekend.

“We are moving forward,” he said, “But let us not forget the most vulnerable among us.”

While he thanked his children for what he has said was a much-needed haircut, the governor noted that they did not take the precautions the state laid out to allow hair salons and barber shops in 47 counties to reopen.

“Our families will have to read these guidelines as well,” he said.

The directives are similar to ones in place for other industries: Wear masks, stay distant when possible. Wash your hands frequently. Workers should be screened for symptoms.

The announcement was yet another incremental step toward a fully open California, but it was also one in which Mr. Newsom seemed to move closer to handing the reins to county public health officials.

As of Tuesday afternoon, he said, 47 of the state’s 58 counties had filed their “county variance attestations,” to prove that they meet the state’s criteria to reopen more quickly than the rest of the state.

And on Tuesday, Mr. Newsom said that he’d been talking with leaders in Los Angeles County, by most measures the hardest-hit part of the state, about the possibility of allowing some parts of the county to reopen more quickly than others.

That, however, is still just a possibility.

In more tangible developments for residents of the state’s most populous county, where a stricter stay-at-home order is still in place, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Tuesday evening that “lower risk” in-store shopping could resume, many pools could open and houses of worship could avail themselves of the new state guidelines.

In Orange County, Sheriff Don Barnes said his office wouldn’t enforce the state’s rules restricting how many people can attend church services, according to The Orange County Register.

And in Placer County, The Sacramento Bee reported that leaders sent a letter to the governor asking to be allowed to reopen higher-risk businesses like movie theaters, gyms and nail salons, which aren’t included in the hair-cutting guidelines.

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  • What role should employers play in testing workers? It’s complicated, and there are a lot of options. [The New York Times]

Also, Los Angeles set up a site with the capacity to test 6,000 Angelenos for free each day in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium. Sign up for an appointment here.

But if you missed it, testing won’t fix everything. [The New York Times]

  • At least 153 workers at a Vernon meatpacking plant have gotten Covid-19. Their union called for the facility to be closed immediately. [The Los Angeles Times]

  • Los Angeles County will soon have an inspector general to oversee nursing home operations. The role, officials said, is aimed at addressing outbreaks at the facilities. [KPCC/LAist]

The move follows reporting by The Times and other local news outlets, including KPCC/LAist, about disparities in the deadliness of outbreaks in such facilities. [The New York Times | LAist]

  • A common thread running through at least four companies the governor has tapped to help respond to the coronavirus pandemic? A single Sacramento lobbyist. But whether he helped those companies secure big contracts can remain a secret. [CalMatters]

  • Mayor London Breed of San Francisco has consistently said the city doesn’t “do sweeps” of homeless encampments, but a trove of text messages shows she ordered them directly. [Mission Local]

  • The fire over the weekend at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco will devastate the city’s seafood industry. [The San Francisco Chronicle]

  • Quarantinis, Zoom happy hours, spiking alcohol sales: Experts are worried that the pandemic is pushing more people to form unhealthy drinking habits. [The New York Times]

  • In California, the “experience economy” has become huge: Coachella and other big music festivals take over desert cities every year, while Instagram museums and ax-throwing bars have found customers. But now, those businesses — and their employees — are confronting a bleak future. [The New York Times]

  • Nevertheless, theme parks like Legoland in Carlsbad and SeaWorld are working to reopen on July 1. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]

  • But what about Vegas? [The New York Times]

  • Officials for the Oakland A’s said the team would institute widespread furloughs, following similar moves by other teams that have been struggling amid the pandemic. [The Mercury News]

  • For Sacramentans, floating the American River is a summertime staple. Here’s how to do it responsibly. [CapRadio]


A little while ago, my colleagues on the Style desk asked readers who were sheltering in place alone how they were faring. Some were coping, managing. Some were thriving.

  • Frequently Asked Questions and Advice

    Updated May 27, 2020

    • What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

      Common symptoms include fever, a dry cough, fatigue and difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. Some of these symptoms overlap with those of the flu, making detection difficult, but runny noses and stuffy sinuses are less common. The C.D.C. has also added chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache and a new loss of the sense of taste or smell as symptoms to look out for. Most people fall ill five to seven days after exposure, but symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days.

    • How can I protect myself while flying?

      If air travel is unavoidable, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself. Most important: Wash your hands often, and stop touching your face. If possible, choose a window seat. A study from Emory University found that during flu season, the safest place to sit on a plane is by a window, as people sitting in window seats had less contact with potentially sick people. Disinfect hard surfaces. When you get to your seat and your hands are clean, use disinfecting wipes to clean the hard surfaces at your seat like the head and arm rest, the seatbelt buckle, the remote, screen, seat back pocket and the tray table. If the seat is hard and nonporous or leather or pleather, you can wipe that down, too. (Using wipes on upholstered seats could lead to a wet seat and spreading of germs rather than killing them.)

    • How many people have lost their jobs due to coronavirus in the U.S.?

      Over 38 million people have filed for unemployment since March. One in five who were working in February reported losing a job or being furloughed in March or the beginning of April, data from a Federal Reserve survey released on May 14 showed, and that pain was highly concentrated among low earners. Fully 39 percent of former workers living in a household earning $40,000 or less lost work, compared with 13 percent in those making more than $100,000, a Fed official said.

    • Is ‘Covid toe’ a symptom of the disease?

      There is an uptick in people reporting symptoms of chilblains, which are painful red or purple lesions that typically appear in the winter on fingers or toes. The lesions are emerging as yet another symptom of infection with the new coronavirus. Chilblains are caused by inflammation in small blood vessels in reaction to cold or damp conditions, but they are usually common in the coldest winter months. Federal health officials do not include toe lesions in the list of coronavirus symptoms, but some dermatologists are pushing for a change, saying so-called Covid toe should be sufficient grounds for testing.

    • Should I wear a mask?

      The C.D.C. has recommended that all Americans wear cloth masks if they go out in public. This is a shift in federal guidance reflecting new concerns that the coronavirus is being spread by infected people who have no symptoms. Until now, the C.D.C., like the W.H.O., has advised that ordinary people don’t need to wear masks unless they are sick and coughing. Part of the reason was to preserve medical-grade masks for health care workers who desperately need them at a time when they are in continuously short supply. Masks don’t replace hand washing and social distancing.

    • What should I do if I feel sick?

      If you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus or think you have, and have a fever or symptoms like a cough or difficulty breathing, call a doctor. They should give you advice on whether you should be tested, how to get tested, and how to seek medical treatment without potentially infecting or exposing others.

    • How can I help?

      Charity Navigator, which evaluates charities using a numbers-based system, has a running list of nonprofits working in communities affected by the outbreak. You can give blood through the American Red Cross, and World Central Kitchen has stepped in to distribute meals in major cities.


Now, they want to explore how your relationships have changed in lockdown. Are you learning new things about your partner, seeing them for the first time in work mode?

Perhaps you and your roommates have discovered habits that, er, frustrate one another. Or maybe you’ve bonded in ways you didn’t expect.

Jill Cowan grew up in Orange County, went to school at U.C. Berkeley and has reported all over the state, including the Bay Area, Bakersfield and Los Angeles — but she always wants to see more. Follow along here or on Twitter.

California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley.

Source: NY times

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