Gov. Gavin Newsom announced during a press briefing on Tuesday that hair salons and barbershops can begin to reopen and welcome customers.
Los Angeles County, currently California's coronavirus epicenter, was not permitted to enter into the next stage of reopening.
LA. County makes up 13.9% of COVID-19 cases in California and 14.3% of deaths.
47 of California’s 58 counties have "self-attested" says Newsom that they have met the California Department of Public Health criteria to enter Stage 3 of reopening.
According to the L.A Times, Newsom has often pointed to steady hospitalizations as proof that California is bending the curve.
Hair salons and barbershops that elect to reopen must adhere to new safety measures to protect customers and employees, like face coverings, and social distancing.
Nail salons have not been permitted to reopen.
Why that matters:
Governor Newsom's announcement to lift restrictions, in selected countries, for salons and barbershops is a sign that the state is entering into Stage 3 of a wider reopening of the economy.