Nail salons allowed to reopen indoors

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Nail salons allowed to reopen indoorsNail salons in California have been granted approval to move operations indoors, according to an announcement from State Health Secretary Dr. Mark Ghlay during a Tuesday press conference.

According to Ghlay, the latest order applies even to those working counties in the Purple Tier (including Kern) — which are subject to the most restrictions.

However, individual businesses are still required to enforce COVID-related social-distancing and safety protocol. The return to indoor operations also requires approval from county health departments.

A handful of nail salons were solicited for input. Most declined to provide statements on the record, but each expressed relief at the somewhat relaxed conditions. While nail salons were officially allowed to reopen in California back in July, proprietors were required to maintain outdoor operations only. Some had reportedly been operating indoors anyway, noting that extreme heat prohibited outdoor service.

Salon owners, along with many other business owners, have continued to express frustration and confusion at the constant state of flux. Kern County Supervisors pushed against “moving goal posts” during their Tuesday meeting. (See related: http://www.news-ridgecrest.com/news/story.pl?id=0000011826).

Story First Published: 2020-09-25