The Los Angeles County reopening of in-person dining, as well as barbershops and hair salons, have been outlined on Friday, with additional reopening planned next week.
During a press briefing Friday, Supervisor Kathryn Barger discussed the additional reopening after California Governor Gavin Newsom approved the County’s variance request.
Barger noted further details on guidelines are expected to be released next week with input from a recovery task force with over a dozen members from several different sectors.
“The reports are made with input from industry representatives, labor and the Department of Public Health to ensure Industries can hit the ground running with proper Public Health guidelines and I emphasize with proper Public Health guidelines as soon as the state gives approval to reopen these plans provide guidance for immediate reopening and a framework for the return to the new normal,” Barger said.
The variance from the State public health order allows Los Angeles County to advance further in Stage 2 and into Stage 3 of the State’s Roadmap to Recovery.
“This approval by the State enables the County to immediately allow for the safe reopening of in-person dining, hair salons and barbershops — further bringing our communities together and resuming to a sense of normalcy,” Barger said. “Our ability to continue on the path of reopening will depend on our adherence to physical distancing and face-covering guidelines to ensure we are able to protect the public health of our residents.”
Earlier this week, the county allowed the reopening of places of worship and indoor shopping malls, as the county begins the recovery process.
Examples of activities permitted under the changes enacted Tuesday include faith-based organizations may resume services, with the number of congregants limited to less than 25 percent of the building’s capacity, or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is lower.
Flea markets, swap meets and drive-in movie theaters may also resume operations, according to the county.
An additional 1,824 COVID-19 cases were reported Friday throughout Los Angeles County. The County total of coronavirus cases now stands at 51,562 according to Dr. Barbara Ferrer, director of the L.A. County Department of Public Health.
Ferrer noted the large number of cases reported Friday to include an about 500-case backlog from one lab.
Over 564,000 coronavirus tests have been conducted across Los Angeles County, with about eight percent testing positive for the virus, according to Ferrer.
6,430 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness, accounting for roughly 12 percent of all positive cases within Los Angeles County.
Of those, 1,462 are currently hospitalized, according to public health officials.
50 new deaths were reported Friday, bringing the total of COVID-19-related deaths to 2,290 in Los Angeles County, according to Ferrer.
A majority of all deaths in the county had underlying health conditions, according to Ferrer, further encouraging those with medical issues to stay home, if possible.
As of Thursday afternoon, a total of 1,160 cumulative cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the Santa Clarita Valley since testing began in March. These include:
- 716 in the City of Santa Clarita
- 37 in the unincorporated areas of Canyon Country
- 340 in Castaic*
- As of Thursday, May 28, this included 278 cases among prisoners at the North County Correctional Facility, and 51 at the Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center.
- Four in the unincorporated areas of Saugus
- 34 in Stevenson Ranch
- Seven in the unincorporated areas of Valencia
- 21 in the unincorporated areas of Val Verde
- One in the unincorporated areas of Newhall
Additionally, 11 cases have been confirmed in nearby Acton, as well as eight in Agua Dulce.
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