June 18, 2020 at 9:19 pm PDT | by Brody Levesque
LA County to open bars & other businesses Friday

David Cooley, owner of West Hollywood’s famed bar and restaurant, The Abbey, was on hand to welcome customers on the first post-lockdown day of business. (Photo by Troy Masters)

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in a statement released Thursday announced that bars, nail salons, and tattoo parlors, along with other businesses can reopen Friday, provided they implement required COVID-19 infection control and prevention protocols.

Businesses that can resume operations on Friday also include wineries, breweries and tasting rooms; skincare and cosmetology services; electrologist facilities; nail salons; body art professionals, microblading and permanent make-up; and piercing shops; and massage therapy; card-rooms, satellite wagering facilities and racetracks with no spectators.

The Health Officer Order contains protocols for all businesses that are permitted to reopen to ensure it is done as safely as possible for employees, customers and residents. Employees and visitors to these businesses will need to wear a cloth face covering when around other people and practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet at all times.

Some employees may be required to wear face shields. It is important for everyone to follow the directives and to do their part every day to keep everyone as safe as possible. Businesses should take the time to put all of the protocols in place before reopening. The directives will be available online and are contained in sector-specific protocols that inform all re-openings, Public Health officials said in a media statement.

The Department of Public Health confirmed 36 new deaths and 1,051 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach and one death was reported by the City of Pasadena. To date, Public Health has identified 78,227 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 3,027 deaths.

As LA County and other jurisdictions continue to reopen, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all Californians Thursday to wear face coverings while in public, including when shopping, taking public transit or seeking medical care, amid growing concerns that coronavirus cases have increased because residents have failed to take that precaution voluntarily.

Science shows that face coverings and masks work, Newsom said. They are critical to keeping those who are around you safe, keeping businesses open and restarting our economy.

The Governor added Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered – putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease. California’s strategy to restart the economy and get people back to work will only be successful if people act safely and follow health recommendations. That means wearing a face covering, washing your hands and practicing physical distancing.

Newsom also released a media statement Thursday afternoon announcing that he has signed Assembly Bill AB 860 sponsored by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park), which authorizes the California Secretary of State’s office to coordinate with elections officials across the state to provide Californians with the option of participating in the upcoming November Elections with vote by mail ballots.


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