[UPDATE 7.21.20]: Gov. Newsom and the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology confirmed that outdoor hair salon or outdoor barbershop operations are allowed, so long as those businesses continue to follow public health guidelines for operation. There is no current target for reopening ­­ of indoor hair salons or barbershops.


If you squeezed in a hair cut between June 29 and July 13, consider yourself one of the lucky few.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday announced new restrictions on California businesses that require Marin County and all of the 30 counties on the statewide COVID-19 Watch List – those exceeding the maximum allowed positive case rate per 100,000 people and the three-day average of hospitalizations for coronavirus patients – to shut down hair salons and barbershops, along with a number of sectors that have not yet been allowed to reopen yet in Marin, such as gyms and personal fitness, places of worship, nail salons. It also includes indoor dining, which was allowed to reopen for less than a week.

The latest shutdowns and reversals will likely last several weeks, County of Marin officials said.

Marin has been on the state’s watch list on July 3 — the same day the county reported a record-setting 55 new infections, followed by 75 cases on July 4. The list also includes Sonoma, Napa and Contra Costa counties.

Marin County recorded 119 new coronavirus infections over the weekend, bringing the total to 1,808. Marin’s hospitals were treating 31 coronavirus patients on Sunday, health officials reported, according to the Marin IJ.

The additional statewide restrictions require the shutdown of all indoor operations at wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms. None of those sectors had received the green light to reopen under Marin’s guidelines.

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