Long Beach Restaurants and Hair Salons Allowed To Reopen

Parkers’ Lighthouse in Downtown Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

Today, the state of California approved Long beach dine in restaurants and hair salons to open under careful state guidelines.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said today, “We understand that many restaurants and salons are going to take their time to reopen and we support that 100 percent. We need to be extremely careful as more folks begin to interact, so please wear a face covering and physically distance as we move forward.”

“The new order, effective today and until further notice, require that hair salons and barbers adhere to the following:

  • Physical distancing measures will be in place.
  • Everyone, including clients, must wear cloth face coverings while in the salon or barber shop and clients are encouraged to wear face coverings with ear loops to ensure the face covering does not interfere with the hair service.
  • Magazines, coffee, and other amenities will not be available.
  • Clients are encouraged to use credit cards and contactless payment systems. If electronic or card payment is not possible, customers should come with exact cash payment or check, if available.
  • Stylists may only serve one client at a time.
  • Gathering in waiting areas is prohibited.
  • Other personal grooming businesses, such as nail salons and spa services, including massage, facials and waxing are still prohibited.

Additionally, the Order allows restaurants to open at a reduced capacity for in-person dining with the following additional restrictions:

  • Physical distancing measures will be in place.
  • Outdoor seating and curbside pickup are prioritized.
  • Reservations will be encouraged.
  • Customers will be asked to wait for their table in their cars or outside the restaurant to prevent crowds from gathering.
  • Diners must wear cloth face coverings when not eating.
  • Servers must wear both a face covering and a face shield.
  • Bar areas will be closed.
  • Indoor and outdoor in-person dining capacity will be limited to 60 percent.”

With each passing week, the public is learning more about the novel Coronavirus which has wreaked havoc on the world. There is a school of thought that believes the Coronvavirus spreads more easily indoors vs outdoors however more research needs to be done.

A video by Vox and multiple research bodies including the CDC show how their are risks associated with inside air conditioning in restaurants versus being outside.

Long Beach like other cities will have to show it can formulate rules that can keep patrons and workers safe while continuing opening the economy as Lassen County in Northern California recently rolled back reopening orders after a recent spike in Coronvavirus cases.

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