LA County says hair salons, barbershops must remain closed despite Newsom's announcement

Despite Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement Friday that hair salons, barbershops and some shopping centers can reopen indoor operations under new safety rules/modifications, Los Angeles County is still saying no under the county's stricter health officer order.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health wrote in a tweet Friday afternoon that the county's health order has not been charged to permit those reopenings.

According to Public Health, the current restrictions will remain in place until county health officials and the Board of Supervisors "have an opportunity to review the suggested guidance from the state and take actions that are appropriate for our county."

It was unclear when Public Health and the Board of Supervisors planned to meet to discuss the reopenings.

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Earlier Friday, Newsom released a revised system for tracking counties' efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and providing guidance on possible reopening of more businesses and schools.

The revised system authorizes the county to allow the reopening of indoor barbershops and hair salons, and the reopening of indoor shopping malls at 25% capacity, beginning Monday. But the county stressed that local officials had not yet fully reviewed the new state guidance, and the local health order has not been changed to allow such businesses to reopen.

Counties are authorized to enact stricter health regulations than the state, should they choose to do so.

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