News Alert: California: Governor Gavin Newsom announced new guidelines for reopening houses of worship, in-store retail, hair salons and barbershops.

Source: Office of the Governor of California Gavin Newsom (Information and Press Release):

California: Governor Gavin Newsom has recently announced new guidelines for reopening of California’s houses of worship, in-store retail, hair salons and barbershops.

These new guidelines will effect those houses of worship,

On Monday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California counties can begin allowing in-store retail shopping, if it’s permitted per county health rules.

As stay-at-home orders are modified, California Governor Gavin Newsom says that it’s essential that all possible steps be taken to ensure the safety of workers and the public.

Key prevention practices pointed on include:

– Physical distancing to the maximum extent possible

– Use of face coverings by employees (where respiratory protection is not required) and customers/clients

– Frequent handwashing and regular cleaning and disinfection

– Training employees on these and other elements of the COVID-19 prevention plan

More information at the link below:

Click to access guidance-retail.pdf

California Governor Gavin Newsom also announced on Monday new guidelines to allow for the reopening of churches and other places of worship for in-person services.

Places of worship can reopen effective immediately (given they are permitted to do so by local county guidelines) as long as they “limit attendance to 25% of a building’s capacity – or up to 100 attendees, whichever is lower” and follow social distancing rules

The new guidelines pointed out include:

– Staff, volunteers and congregants are strongly recommended to wear face masks when in the vicinity of others

– Congregants should be screened for temperature and other symptoms

– Staff must be screened with temperature checks before their shifts

– Offering plates (and similar items) should not be passed around between worshippers

– The sharing of items like prayer books, cushions and prayer rugs is discouraged

– High traffic areas, like pews and lobbies, should be frequently disinfected

– Microphones, instruments and other items on pulpit and podiums should be disinfected between uses

– Consider shortening services to minimize the amount of time people are congregated together

– Places of worship should consider using disposable seat covers and dispose of them between services

– Seating and podium areas must be rearranged to allow for 6 feet of space between people

– Open doors and windows to encourage fresh air to flow inside

Places of worship are also encouraged by state guidelines to continue offering remote and online services, and that places of worship should also meet outside to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 wherever possible.

More information at the link below:

Click to access guidance-places-of-worship.pdf

On Tuesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state is moving into Phase 3 and that hair salons and barbershops are able to reopen in parts of California.

The following link is guidelines for hair salons and barbershops to create a safer environment for workers:

Click to access guidance-hair-salons.pdf

Counties that have have completed that process, that COVID-19 is under control locally, can reopen those businesses effective immediately.

Gyms, movie theaters and professional sports without live audiences are also included in Phase 3, but not allowed to open at this time.

As with other sectors of the economy that have been allowed to reopen in California, hair salons will have to follow a new set of health and safety guidelines; those new rules include:

– Requiring the use of face coverings for staff and customers

– Removing high-touch amenities like magazines, coffee makers from lobbies

– Frequent disinfecting of booths, stations and tools

– Contacting customers before appointments to ensure they aren’t exhibiting symptoms

– Staggering appointments to reduce crowding

Only services that allow both the customer and the stylist to wear face coverings throughout the service are allowed.

According to California Department of Public Health, these include haircuts, hair coloring, blowouts, weaves and extensions, braiding, lock maintenance, wig maintenance and hair relaxing treatments, and anything that requires touching a client’s face, including waxing, threading, shaving, facials and eyelash services, are still off limits.

Governor Gavin Newsom said the state is working on new guidelines for summer camps and childcare facilities, and plans to share with the public Wednesday.

More information on reopening California as well as the latest on COVID-19 across California at the following website:

Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest on reopening California from COVID-19.


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