LA County Announces Nail Salons, Spas, Tattoo Shops, Casinos, Bars and Wineries Reopening with Safeguards
Los Angeles County is moving forward in its Roadmap to Recovery by reopening additional personal and recreational services to residents including nail salons, bars and casinos.
Although overall case counts are increasing as testing becomes more widespread and there is more community transmission, the County continues to see steady decreases in the rate of COVID-19 infections and virus-related hospitalizations and deaths.
Today, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) announced that the Health Officer Order will be modified to include infection control and distancing requirements for re-opening the following sectors on Friday, June 19:
- Nail salons
- Cosmetology services
- Spas offering aesthetic and massage services
- Tattoo and piercing shops
- Tanning salons
- Casinos, card rooms and satellite wagering sites
- Bar and wineries not anchored to food services
These businesses will be able to open, in some cases at limited capacity, once they have the appropriate infection control and distancing requirements in place.
In addition, protests and faith-based services held outdoors will no longer have limits on how many people can participate, starting Friday.
Public health guidance documents will be posted here as soon as they are available: publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus.
The County continues to actively monitor the spread of the virus and the capacity of the healthcare system to provide residents with essential services. COVID-19 is still present in Los Angeles County, and the threat of this deadly virus remains.
However, the County is in line with State of California guidelines, and our key metrics reflect that compliance. Los Angeles County’s seven-day death average has not increased, the three-day hospitalization average is down five percent and the seven-day testing average is well above the State’s requirement at 17,000 tests conducted per day.
In addition, the positivity rate is eight percent, which is in line with the State’s requirements.
Detailed data and metrics on the reopening guidelines can be found here.
Los Angeles County remains in Phase 3 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap.
Residents must continue to practice physical distancing, wear cloth face coverings and follow Public Health directives.
If at any time the County’s rate of infection and other key metrics demonstrate a rapid acceleration of new cases that threatens to overwhelm the healthcare system, the Public Health and the Board of Supervisors may need to limit future re-openings or close reopened sectors.
Getting a manicure, a massage or a tattoo, or going to a card room will be a different experience than it was before the pandemic. Each sector reopening will have strict infection control directives in place. Please see below for highlights from each sector.
Just as is required for all out-of-home activities, visitors and staff will have to practice physical distancing and wear cloth face coverings. There will be limited capacity and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures. People feeling sick should stay home.
These additional re-openings follow other significant elements of the economy and community that have begun reopening and operating with limits and safeguards, including gyms, day camps, museums, spectator-free sports, hair salons, barber shops, religious services, retail, restaurants, beaches and trails.
Still closed are movie theaters, live performance theaters, entertainment centers, concert halls and venues, stadiums, arenas, gaming facilities, theme parks, lounges and nightclubs, hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas not located on a residential property and festivals. Click here for a detailed list of what is currently open and closed in L.A. County.
Click here for frequently asked questions by residents about resuming the use of previously closed sectors.
The plans for reopening are part of a phased progression that provides residents, employees and customers with safety protections to slow the spread of COVID-19.
At a Glance: Highlights of the Guidelines for Reopening
- All employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Anyone feeling unwell should stay home.
- Customers must wear a face covering at all times, unless exempted for a particular service.
- Physical distancing must be maintained and capacity will be limited.
- Waiting rooms will be limited or closed and amenities, such as magazines, will be removed.
- Reservations are required for personal services.
- Contactless forms of payments are encouraged.
Additional information for individual sectors:
- Staff must wear a cloth face covering at all times. Staff may be required to wear a respirator, which is necessary when ventilation is insufficient to reduce exposure below permissible exposure limits established in state code.
- For certain procedures workers may need to wear, in addition to their face covering, a face shield and gloves.
- You may not receive multiple services, for example a manicure and a pedicure, at the same time.
- Reservations are required.
Esthetician, Skin Care, Electrolysis and Cosmetology Services
- Customers must wear face coverings at all times while in the facility, except when the face covering must be removed for the performance of services involving that part of the face.
- In addition to face coverings, staff are required to wear a face shield when they are providing services that do not enable the client to wear a face covering. Staff should also wear disposable gloves throughout the entire esthetic service.
- Staff must wash their hands before any services are provided.
- Customers must wear face coverings during the entirety of the massage service.
- Hand treatments will be provided as the last part of the service.
Tattoo and Piercing Services
- Gloves are required throughout the tattoo and piercing sessions.
- Mouth/nose area piercings and tattooing are suspended.
- Occupancy is limited to 50%, and food and beverages are only allowed at restaurants and bars.
Bars and wineries
- Bars and wineries may serve only alcohol and the establishment does not need to be affiliated with food services, as the previous order required.
- Customers will not be able to order drinks at the bar or counter.
- Capacity is limited to 50% and customers will need to be seated to order and consume beverages.
No entertainment is allowed.
At a Glance: Highlights of the Guidelines for Reopening
Gyms and fitness facilities
- Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Gym-goers feeling unwell should reschedule their appointment.
- Staff must wear a cloth face covering at all times.
- Gym-goers must wear a cloth face covering when entering and exiting the gym and it is recommended that they be worn while exercising in the gym.
- Physical distancing must be maintained and equipment may be rearranged to allow for that.
- Reservations for time at the gym are recommended as occupancy will be limited.
- Equipment must be cleaned before and after each use with provided disinfecting wipes or the gym must provide “ready to clean” tags for staff to clean equipment after each use.
- Personal trainers must maintain six feet of distance from their clients and wear a face covering. Clients are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering while receiving instruction
- Group training class sizes will be limited to ensure a minimum of six feet of physical distance between patrons. Group exercise classes can only be offered if distancing requirements can be maintained and there is no person to-person physical contact.
- High contact programs that require close contact less than six feet in distance are not allowed.
- Pools at fitness facilities may reopen once employees properly clean and disinfect for use in accordance with Center for Disease Control guidelines.
- Saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs remain closed.
- Employees and campers will be screened for symptoms, including fever. Each campers’ temperature will be taken before camp begins. Campers feeling unwell should stay home.
- Physical distancing measures will be in place.
- Staff must wear cloth face coverings and campers are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings.
- Outdoor activities are encouraged
- Campers should bring their own meals, when possible.
Museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums
- Interactive exhibits will be closed.
- Capacity will be limited.
- Tours and live presentations in confined areas, such as an animal show, must only include members of the same household.
Campgrounds, RV parks and outdoor recreation
- Plan ahead. Make reservations and purchase permits, firewood, ice and other items online or by phone before arriving on site.
- Be prepared to be as self-contained and self-sufficient as possible. Bring everything you may need, including soap, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, paper towels/hand towels, and toilet paper. Bring your own sports equipment, towels, first aid supplies, and other items needed for outdoor recreation, whenever possible.
- Visitors should bring plastic tablecloths for picnic tables that can be disposed of or taken back home for washing.
- Set up your campsite or picnic areas with maximum distance from adjacent campsites and picnic sites that host people from different households.
- Many programs and facilities will be canceled or closed, so visitors should check online resources for updated information about rule changes and closures to know what to expect upon arrival. Playgrounds and other common spaces will be closed.
- Leave furniture, such as picnic tables and chairs, where they were found as park staff may have appropriately spaced these items to encourage physical distancing.
- Pack up what you pack in to keep campsite staff safe.
Professional sports without live audiences
- All staff will be required to wear masks, follow physical distancing guidelines and be screened for symptoms before work.
- Athletes and staff must not have had signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days or close contact with anyone who is sick within 14 days of beginning group training.
- Athletes must wear face coverings at all times other than while exercising.
- Physical distancing should be practiced to the extent possible on the field/in-game play and in training, though guidelines may be adjusted subject to limitations of competition and the fundamentals of certain sports.
- Broadcasters will have to practice physical distancing and camera placements will be different than pre-COVID-19.
Hotels, lodging and short-term rentals for tourism and individual travel)
- Employees, including housekeeping, must wear face coverings and limit touching guests’ belongings.
- Guests will be screened for symptoms. People experiencing symptoms will not be allowed an overnight stay. Guests who feel sick should not travel or stay in a hotel.
- Stringent cleaning and laundry protocols will be in place to protect staff and guests.
- Reusable materials in rooms, such as magazines, menus and local attraction details, will be removed.
- Rooms should be left vacant 24 to 72 hours after a guest has departed for proper cleaning.
- In the event of a presumptive case of COVID-19, the guest’s room will be removed from service and quarantined. In the event of a positive case, the room should only be returned to service after undergoing a deep cleaning in accordance with Center for Disease Control guidelines.
- Property managers, timeshare operators, and other rental unit owners and operators must only rent unoccupied units and cannot rent rooms or spaces within an occupied residence.
- Saunas, steam rooms, and hot tubs will remain closed.