PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

9/2/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 090220-3
Subject:
Long Beach Health Order to Allow Reopening of Indoor Hair Salons and Barbershops
Outdoor Services Strongly Recommended where Feasible
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS (6397)
jic@longbeach.gov
RESIDENTS: Call 562.570.INFO
BUSINESS OWNERS: Call 562.570.4BIZ




Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will issue updated protocols for the City’s Safer at Home Health Order that will allow hair salons and barbershops to reopen indoors if they follow guidelines designed to protect employees and patrons and control the spread of COVID-19. The change is effective September 3. This comes after the State unveiled a new four-tier, color-coded system that will use daily coronavirus case numbers and positivity rates to guide the safe reopening of businesses.

“We are starting to make some real progress with our positivity rate and hospitalizations both decreasing,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We need to stay vigilant and safe as we move towards some additional safe reopenings.”

The new order, effective tomorrow and until further notice, requires that hair salons and barbershops adhere to safety guidelines, including: 
  • Operate at a maximum of 25% capacity.
  • Continuing to operate outdoors to the extent feasible.
  • Ensuring physical distancing measures.
  • Ensuring everyone is wearing cloth face coverings while in the salon or barbershop.
    • Clients should wear face coverings with ear loops to ensure that face coverings can be worn throughout the hair service.
  • Establishing an outdoor reception area where customers can check in.
  • Using barriers (such as plexiglass) at reception areas or other areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained in order to minimize exposure between workers and customers.
  • Staggering appointments to reduce reception congestion and to ensure adequate time for proper cleaning and sanitation between each customer visit. 
    • Walk-in appointments will not be available.
  • Serving only one client at a time.
  • Encouraging the use of 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.
  • Magazines, coffee and other amenities will not be available.
  • Other personal grooming businesses, such as nail salons and spa services, including massage, facials and waxing are still prohibited.
The State of California recently transitioned from tracking COVID-19 trends via the County Monitoring List to a four-tiered, color-coded system to determine operations. The City of Long Beach and Los Angeles County fall in the purple tier (Widespread), which allows for salons, barber shops and malls to resume indoor operations.

This action was put in place by the City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, and in accordance with the Emergency Powers granted to the City Manager through the Proclamation of Local Emergency. It is effective as of September 3, 2020, and will continue until it is extended, rescinded or amended in writing by the Health Officer.

For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep its residents safe, visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 
 
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