Contra Costa County allows hair salons, barbers to reopen

Photo by Dmitry Zvolskiy from Pexels

By Kathy Chouteau

Contra Costa Health Services’ (CCHS) health officer announced today an amendment to the county’s health order permitting hair salons and barbers to reopen Wednesday, June 17.

Just in time for summer, the new order also increases the number of swimmers who may share a pool to one person for every 75 square feet, per state allowances.

Included in the new order is a change that also impacts places of worship. According to CCHS, up to 100 people are now allowed to attend a funeral or other religious service at an indoor place of worship—which coincides with the state’s health guidance.

Along with the loosening of restrictions was an advisement to follow state health industry guidance to protect against spreading COVID-19. The health order is “another step toward alignment with the State of California’s guidance on opening businesses and activities at a pace that protects public health and safety,” per CCHS.

“Some of Contra Costa’s key indicators for measuring how well the community is slowing the spread of COVID-19 did increase in the first half of June, an expected outcome as more people come into more contact with each other as the county gradually reopens businesses and activities,” stated CCHS in its announcement.

CCHS says that it is currently “carefully monitoring that data and could adjust the reopening timeline to protect the public health.”

For more info about the new health order, as well as other info about the county’s response to COVID-19, click here.