At long last, California residents will finally be able to get a haircut inside a salon again.
On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom introduced a new blueprint that would allow all California hair salons and barbershops to reopen again indoors with certain modifications as soon as August 31st. This new four-tier, color-coded system that is set to replace the current coronavirus “watch list” is based entirely on a county’s number of cases as well as their percentage of positive tests.
Under this system, each county is assigned a color tier to determine how certain businesses can operate. Before a county can move into a new tier, they will be given a two-week waiting period, in which they have to meet certain metrics. At the moment, the majority of the state – including much of Southern California remains in the “purple” tier, which prohibits non-essential indoor services.
By visiting the state’s official coronavirus website, individuals will be able to look up the current status of their county as well as receive updates on how Covid is spreading in their area and impacting businesses.
Here is the breakdown of the new system:
Tier 1 (Purple) – Widespread:
- Many non-essential indoor businesses are closed.
- New cases: more than 7 daily new cases (per 100k)
- Positive tests: more than 8%
Tier 2 (Red) – Substantial:
- Some non-essential indoor businesses are closed.
- New cases: 4-7 daily new cases (per 100k)
- Positive tests: 5-8%
Tier 3 (Orange) – Moderate:
- Some business operations are open with modifications.
- New cases: 1-3.9 daily new cases (per 100k)
- Positive tests: 2- 4.9%
Tier 4 (Yellow) – Minimal:
- Most business operations are open with modifications.
- New cases: less than 1 daily new cases (per 100k)
- Positive test: less than 2%
For more information about these new guidelines and the new system, be sure to visit covid19.ca.gov.