Indoor Shopping, Hair Salons and Barbershops Can Reopen in Most Bay Area Counties

Do you want to escape your house to the mall, hair salon or barbershop? There may be some good news in sight because many indoor activities in the Bay Area can reopen Monday, according to Gavin Newsom’s revised health order, announced Friday.

California’s new “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” framework ranks each county using a colored tier system based on the number of cases and percentage of positivity tests.

Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma County will all allow retail, hair salons, and barbershops to reopen indoor services Monday, in accordance with Newsom’s guidance. The seven “purple” or “widespread” counties will reopen malls at 25% capacity, but will keep common areas and food courts closed. Read the full industry guidelines here.

Marin County will move into the red (substantial spread) tier in an “abbreviated timelines” thanks to its high test rates, reported Mercury News.

Napa and San Francisco, being “Red” or “Substantial” counties are allowed to reopen a bit more than “Purple” counties. Gyms can open with 10% capacity, restaurants can open with 25% capacity and retail can open with 50% capacity. Communal food courts will remain closed in malls. Napa said some businesses will reopen while San Francisco will reopen outdoor gyms on September 9th and allow hair salons and barbershops to work outdoors but the city “will keep indoor hair salons, barbershops, and malls closed while the city reviews Newsom’s latest guidelines,” reported Mercury News.

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Governor Newsom continues to ask people to wear a mask, physically distance, wash your hands, and minimize mixing.





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