• By The Financial District


Updated: Jul 24, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday during his coronavirus briefing that new guidance is being released that clarifies how hair salons and barbershops may be able to operate outdoors.

In a report by KCRA 3 News, it said that many California businesses in counties on the state's coronavirus watchlist had to close their indoor operations for the second time since the pandemic began. For restaurants, that meant moving tables outside. Hair salons, barbershops and nail salons have not been able to do that.

"We recognize the immense hardship hairstylists, barbers, manicurists and estheticians face in light of the COVID pandemic. Some services will be allowed outdoors," said the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.


The new guidelines released by the state:

  • Allow a tent or canopy to be used to shelter from the sun, as long as no more than one side is closed.

  • Ban the use of chemicals outdoors, which means shampoo and coloring treatments are not allowed.

  • Ban services that would require a customer to enter the salon's building.

Last week, Newsom said some businesses, including salons and barbershops, would have to halt indoor operations in more than two dozen counties because of an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

"It was our intention to provide for barbershops and the like to be able to do their work outdoors. Turned out that was more challenging than it may have appeared," Newsom said Monday.

Newsom also said:

  • Average of 8,911 new cases a day in past week

  • 33 counties on the state's COVID-19 monitoring list for three-plus days

  • 7.4% positivity rate in the past 14 days

  • ICU admissions increase 12% in 14-day period