In an announcement that will delight many California residents, Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday cleared the way for barbershops and beauty salons to open in 47 counties, including San Diego County. The governor said the guidelines will be released Wednesday for businesses such as summer camps and child care centers. Guidelines for film and television production were expected to be released Monday, but Newsom said the state is still working with industry officials and unions to finalize those plans. Personal care services, such as salons and barbershops, can finally reopen after state public health officials lifted all regional stay-at-home orders from California on Monday.
Having spent the past seven weeks largely in limbo as the pandemic worsened and ICU capacity tightened, many rejoice at the opportunity to welcome customers again.
San DiegoCounty health officials reported 118 new cases and two deaths, but announced that a key metric for reopening has been achieved. Beauty salons, barbershops, nail salons, gyms and religious gathering places will be allowed to operate in private parking lots. Beauty salons and barbers can now reopen in San Diego, as their reopening plan has been approved by Governor Newsom, starting May 26. As of Monday, nearly 1,500 San Diegans are hospitalized due to COVID-19, including 424 people in the ICU.
This is an additional 15 deaths since yesterday and the highest number of deaths in San Diego since the virus began. San Diego County has recorded more than 228,000 COVID-19 infections and 2,375 deaths related to the virus. At Barbershop Heaven appointments are recommended, the waiting area will be off limits and barbers will allow additional time between appointments to disinfect all their tools. The city with the highest concentration of positive COVID-19 cases in San Diego County is San Diego with 207 positive cases.
The governor of San Diego stated that San Diego County could be removed from the state monitoring list in the coming days. In other news, the county has opened another vaccination center at San Diego State's Viejas Arena. With the generous support of readers like you, Times of San Diego publishes timely and accurate news for a better-informed community. A map is provided to demonstrate the concentration of positive COVID-19 cases in each area of San Diego County.
Other types of businesses in Stage 3, such as nail salons and gyms, have not yet received authorization to reopen. Once again, there is a discussion about beach closures in San Diego, due to concerns about large beach gatherings in Orange County. The San Diego Tribune has released information on racial victims of deaths from COVID-19. Officials announced Wednesday that San Diego County was starting a Safe Reopening Compliance Team that will provide assistance to businesses and residents who fail to comply with public health orders.