Nail salons, indoor shopping malls can reopen in Los Angeles County at 25% capacity

Los Angeles County has approved the staggered reopening over the next 10 days of indoor nail salons and indoor shopping malls, according to public health director, Dr. Barbara Ferrer.

Both will be limited to 25% occupancy.

Outdoor playgrounds can also reopen at the discretion of individual cities.

The reopenings were announced a day after the county Board of Supervisors agreed to open a waiver process for schools to offer in-person instruction for students in pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade, and voted to reopen craft breweries, wineries and outdoor card rooms.

Timelines for those business reopenings have not yet been announced, but they are also expected to occur over the next 10 days, Ferrer said. The openings come despite what Ferrer described as a "small increase'' in daily coronavirus case numbers when compared to the early part of September. She said the increase "may either reflect lower testing numbers at the beginning of the month, or they may reflect the fact that we're starting to see some small increases in community transmission.''

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Ferrer said that while the county still appears to have avoided a post-Labor Day surge in cases, daily case numbers have ticked upward in the past few days compared to earlier in the month.

Los Angeles County on Wednesday reported another 1,063 coronavirus cases and 30 additional coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the countywide totals to 270,299 cases and 6,576 deaths.

CNS contributed to this report.