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More San Diego County businesses to reopen Monday with limited capacity, hours

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Posted at 11:39 AM, Aug 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 02:11:31-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Effective August 31, some businesses throughout San Diego County are allowed to reopen under newly-issued state guidance.

Beginning Monday, places of worship, restaurants, museums, gyms, and hair and nail salons, are among entities that can begin operating indoors.

Organizations that plan to reopen under the new guidance are advised to update their safe reopening plan. The county says plans won’t need to be approved before businesses are allowed to move forward.

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See the list below for rules on capacity and hours of operation:

  • Restaurants, dine-in. 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is lower. They still need to close at 10 p.m.
  • Places of worship. 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is lower.
  • Movie theaters. 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is lower.
  • Museums. 25% capacity.
  • Gyms and fitness centers. 10% capacity.
  • Dance studios. 10% capacity.
  • Yoga studios. 10% capacity.
  • Zoos and aquariums. 25% capacity.
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Nail salons
  • Body waxing
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Piercing
  • Skincare and cosmetology

Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled the changes Friday, offering some relief for businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The beauty industry has been one business sector hit especially hard during the pandemic.

"It seems salons are not at risk any longer for this whole toggling between inside, outside which is definitely what we were advocating for," said Corinne Lam, the owner of Salotto Salon in Rancho Bernardo. "We knew we were a safe industry."

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Lam and other salon owners have limited hours of operation and spent many days working outside in the heat to be in compliance with the state and county public health orders.

"We had a lot of heat rash when we working outside," said Elise Ha, the owner of Master Hair & Nails in Ramona.

She and other stylists worked during San Diego County's recent heatwave where temperatures soared over 100 degrees.

"Sweating all day long," said Ha. "We hope that we don’t have to be outside again."

Both Lam and Ha have moved their equipment back inside and will reopen for indoor services on Monday.

California's full guidance for each business sector can be read online here.