Davis hair and nail salons can reopen outdoors
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Salon owner Jerry Paiz works on Lee Pflugrath (owner of Yoloberry) at the Style Lounge in downtown Davis in May. Hair salons in Yolo County must close again. Owen Yancher/Enterprise file photo

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Davis hair and nail salons can reopen outdoors

Hair and nail salons were given the green light this week to open for business if they can move their services outdoors.

Gov. Gavin Newsom made the announcement on Monday, allowing outdoor operations for hair salons and barbershops, skin care, cosmetology, nail services and massage therapy.

By Tuesday afternoon, the county had issued guidance for outdoor services by hair salons and barbershops and guidance on other services was expected.

Likewise, the city of Davis on Tuesday was allowing hair salons and barbershops in Davis wishing to expand onto public property such as sidewalks and streets to apply for temporary permits from the city to do so.

Operators of nail salons and other services permitted by the state to reopen outdoors would be able to apply for those permits as well, according to Diane Parro, the city’s director of community and business engagement.

Under the state’s guidance, “outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy or other sun shelter as long as no more than one side is closed, allowing sufficient outdoor air movement.”

Personal services that the state said would require a more hygienic environment than could be provided outdoors — including tattooing, electrolysis and piercing — will not be allowed to resume inside or out.

For those businesses given the green light, services that would require a customer to have to enter the establishment would be prohibited and face coverings would be required at all times.

Moving services outside also will require additional compliance with Cal-OSHA standards for preventing heat illness among employees, including providing access to water and shade as well as cool-down breaks and training on heat illness prevention and symptoms.

Other protocols that were already in place, including health screening of employees and customers, hygiene requirements and use of face shields, goggles and gloves remain in place.

Back in May, the city created a no-fee permit for outdoor dining and retail, allowing permit holders to move into public spaces like sidewalks. More recently the city started Open Air Davis, which creates even more outdoor space on weekends by closing two city blocks.

Now more businesses may seek a temporary permit from the city to utilize public outdoor space such as sidewalks or streets.

Under guidance released by the city Tuesday afternoon, hair salons on private property owned by the operator may move outside onto their own property provided they follow state guidance and industry regulations. Salons on private property such as shopping centers where the operators are tenants must get approval from landlords.

In announcing Tuesday morning that county health officials had given the go-ahead to salons to reopen, public information officer Jenny Tan noted one caveat. While it does give these local businesses the opportunity to reopen, “it will likely take a lot of work and money to get these businesses set up,” said Tan.

— Reach Anne Ternus-Bellamy at here.

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