Los Angeles Coronavirus Update: County Restaurants, Salons, Barbershops Allowed To Reopen

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors member Janice Hahn, center, and California Governor Gavin Newsom, left. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Vogel/AP/Shutterstock

On Friday, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn tweeted that Los Angeles county restaurants, salons and barbershops will be able to reopen, so long as they conform to anti-COVID requirements. The reopenings can reportedly begin as early as this weekend, with restaurants allowed to offer dine-in service.

Another supervisor, Kathryn Barger, tweeted about the reopening, “This further brings our communities together and resumes a sense of normalcy, representing monumental progress for Los Angeles County as we join the vast majority of other regions in California on the path toward reopening and recovery.”

Earlier this week, L.A. Mayor Garcetti said the county was applying to the state for a variance for those businesses and that the process should take “a few days.”

The announcement comes after Hahn petitioned California Governor Gavin Newsom alleging that decisions to let big box retailers to remain open have created “winners and losers,” widely impacting smaller retailers. “This needs to change,” the supervisor wrote. And it did.

On tuesday the mayor announced the city would “allow all retail businesses” to let customers inside their stores so long as those businesses abide by COVID prevention best practices, which includes allowing only 50 percent of capacity.

The ruling will also allow drive-in movies and houses of worship to reopen. It applies not just to L.A. city, but also to the county, as the guidelines were also approved on Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

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