Governor Gavin Newsom announces barbershops, hair salons can begin to reopen

Posted at 12:30 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 18:19:16-04

On Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that barbershops and hair salons could begin opening as soon as Tuesday at the local and county level with the appropriate modifications.

"Forty-seven of the 58 counties currently have self-attested to having those plans of action in place," Newsom said. "Along those lines, [counties] will be able to add in barbershops and hair salons to those regional variations starting today. We put those guidelines out."

The Kern County Public Health Department confirmed with 23ABC News that salons and barbershops are able to open immediately as long as they adhere to the newly released guidance from CDPH. However public health said it is not aware of nail salons and tanning salons being allowed to reopen as of yet.


— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 26, 2020

However, the governor emphasized that the state of California is not out of the first wave of the pandemic, saying that the state still has a long way to go to get where it needs to be, which is immunity and a vaccine.

Newsom wanted residents to understand the sober reality of the disease. That seniors remain the most vulnerable. He stated that though those over 65 only make up 19.5% of the cases, 79.2% of those have died.