Pasadena Restaurants, Hair Salons and Hair Salons may, with restrictions, resume in-person services – Pasadena Now

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Los Angeles County restaurants were allowed to reopen Friday morning for limited food service, and barber shops and hair salons were allowed in-person service, as the state approved the county’s request. deepen California’s roadmap to restarting the economy.

“It will be well received by restaurants and lounges that have essentially been closed,” said Paul Little, president and CEO of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.

On Friday evening, the city’s public officer Dr Ying-Ying Goh released his revised order list, the required guidelines that must be followed for the affected Pasadena businesses to reopen.

City Manager Steve Mermell said Pasadena now that city officials “were awaiting approval of the waiver for Los Angeles County.” Guided by policy direction from City Council, staff have worked hard to develop plans and protocols to enable our various lines of business to reopen within the parameters set by the California Department of Health. public. “

“While we are grateful that more parts of our local economy can function again, we need to be aware that until there is a vaccine for COVID-19, it is vitally important that we were following the advice of healthcare professionals to reduce the risk of transmission, ”Mermel said.

City Councilor Andy Wilson said restaurants, hair salons and salons “will have to operate differently.”

Wilson sits on the city’s economic development and technology committee, which met last Thursday to tackle issues surrounding the reopening of restaurants.

Last week the committee discussed the idea of ​​closing Colorado Blvd. in Old Pasadena, partially or totally, to allow businesses such as restaurants with limited interior space to take advantage of the sidewalks and the area reserved for curbside parking.

But for now, Wilson says, the focus should be on quickly resuming restaurant operations.

“There was a long conversation about potential street closures for retail businesses and restaurants. I think it’s a longer term conversation. Let’s open them up, ”Wilson said on Friday.

Dr Goh’s order on Friday will have a major impact on the customer experience, with face masks, social distancing and screening for symptoms of illness.

“Dining in restaurants and having your hair cut will be a different experience than we’re used to,” said a statement accompanying her order.

Los Angeles County – home to roughly half of the state’s coronavirus cases and deaths – was one of only a dozen counties in California not to receive ‘variance’ from the state allowing more types of businesses to reopen.

Deviations are granted based on a list of criteria, including infection rates, hospital capacity, availability of tests and the ability to trace contacts of infected residents.

The county submitted a waiver request earlier this week, and it was granted Friday morning.

“It brings our communities closer together and restores a sense of normalcy, representing monumental progress for Los Angeles County on the road to recovery,” said Supervisory Board Chair Kathryn Barger.

County health officials released reopening protocols on Friday afternoon, and businesses will be free to open as soon as they can meet with them, potentially as early as Friday evening.

For restaurants, the guidelines include a 60% capacity restriction. Customers and employees will be screened for symptoms such as cough or fever, physical distancing measures will be enforced, and customers will be required to wear face coverings when not eating. Customers are encouraged to make reservations, and they will be asked to wait for their table either in their car or outside the restaurant. Restaurant bars will remain closed.

Hair salons will also be required to enforce physical distancing, and employees and customers will also be screened for health symptoms. Customers and employees will need to cover their faces.

Los Angeles County previously revised its health official order on Tuesday, clearing the way for all retailers in the city, including those inside closed malls, to reopen for in-store purchases with restrictions capacity and face coverings mandatory.

The revised ordinance also allowed the reopening of offices, exchange meetings, flea markets and drive-in cinemas. Places of worship were also allowed to organize in-person services again, with limited capacity and activity restrictions.

With this new order in place, several Southland malls reopened this week, including the Citadel Outlets in Commerce and the Glendale Galleria. The Beverly Center reopened on Friday and Westfield Century City is scheduled to open on Saturday. Only a limited number of stores are open and hours are limited.

The county health order continues to require residents to wear fabric face coverings when interacting with people outside their own homes. He also calls for maintaining social distancing. Reopened businesses must also adhere to strict security protocols, requiring face coverings, limited capacity inside stores and hand washing and sanitizing stations.

County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer again stressed the need for businesses to meet all requirements before reopening.

“The only reason we were able to submit a waiver was because of all the work everyone did in our county,” she said. “We ask companies to please follow the guidelines included in the health official’s order and protocols before reopening. Compliance with protocols is mandatory. Reopening as safe as possible and in a way that protects both employees and customers will take a lot of effort, and we appreciate everyone’s commitment to getting it right. “

News of the long-awaited reopening of restaurants and barber shops came on a day when the county reported 50 more deaths from the coronavirus, while Long Beach reported four more, bringing the county’s total death toll to 2 294.
1,824 other cases were also reported by the court.

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