Your local hair salon or barbershop can open indoors starting Monday, August 31
Beginning Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, hair salons and barbershops will be allowed to operate indoors in San Mateo County under Gov. Gavin Newsoms new color-coded reopening system which ranks counties based on COVID-19 case counts and positivity rate.
San Mateo County, which the state cites as having 8.6 new positive cases per 100,000 residents and a 4.8 percent positivity rate, is in the purple tier which denotes a widespread county risk level. Counties in that tier have more than seven new daily cases per 100,000 and more than 8 percent positive tests. Although San Mateo Countys positivity rate falls in the moderate risk level, the stricter tier takes precedence.
At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least three weeks before moving forward but as of Aug. 31 purple-ranked counties may open some businesses and activities with modifications such as all retail and shopping centers at a maximum 25 percent capacity, and hair salons and barbershops indoors.
County Manager Mike Callagy said while local officials still dispute being placed on the state monitoring list last month, the loosened restrictions are a good sign.
We have repeatedly said that the spread of the virus in our community is not linked to businesses like hair salons, and we could see the economic hardship on those businesses that couldnt modify to operate outdoors. We are very happy to see them reopen and with the effort of our residents to wear face coverings and avoid large gatherings, we hope to soon move to the next tier and loosen even more restrictions, Callagy said. Our comeback depends on all of us.
Information on the states new Blueprint for a Safer Economy and the status of activities in specific counties is available online.
Photo caption: A customer provided European Styling Parlor owner Haily Chon an attractive table when she was allowed to operate outdoors only.