Nail salons, hair salons and barbershops will be able to reopen for outdoor services in San Francisco next Tuesday, Mayor London Breed announced Friday morning.
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This announcement comes nearly six months after the mayor first declared a state of emergency because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The mayor also said Friday she expected Gov. Gavin Newsom to make « good announcements » this afternoon during his press conference at noon.
As of Friday afternoon, there are 9,212 cases of coronavirus and 83 deaths in San Francisco County.
Gov. Newsom announced a new plan Friday afternoon for monitoring COVID-19 in California and reopen certain sectors of the economy, moving away from the county watch list.
The state has now move to a tiered, color-coded system, showing how counties can move forward with reopening based on the local spread of coronavirus.
San Francisco is still seeing about 75 new cases of COVID-19 per day, Dr. Grant Colfax, the city’s health director, said Friday.
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« What we don’t want to do is open up these places and then all of a sudden see a spike and then have to go backwards, » Breed said.
Under the reopening plan announced Friday, tattoo and facial businesses will not be allowed to resume outdoor operations, the mayor said.
Only businesses where both the customer and provider can wear a mask will be allowed to resume outdoor operation.
Prior to making the reopening announcement Friday, the mayor also addressed the Northern California wildfires and the effect on air quality in San Francisco.
Breed acknowledged the differing guidance with the pandemic and wildfires. Residents can be outside because of coronavirus, but are asked to stay inside because of poor air quality.
The mayor also recognized the greater effects of COVID-19, the challenges small businesses are facing and what families are going through amid distance learning.
Dr. Colfax reiterated the importance of wearing a face covering and keeping distance from others while outside.
« As we increase outdoor activities, we must wear a mask, social distance and wash our hands frequently, » Colfax said.
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