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New State Actions Re-Close Salons, Malls, Indoor Fitness

Jul 14, 2020 09:33AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect new COVID-19 numbers as of July 14.

A surge in COVID-19 coronavirus cases has led the governor to order the re-closure of hair and nail salons and indoor services such as gym and fitness centers, worship services, and malls. The closure applies to affected counties including Los Angeles County, which includes Manhattan Beach.

The statewide order says that counties that have remained on the County Monitoring List for three consecutive days (which includes Los Angeles County) will be required to shut down the following industries or activities unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up.
  • Fitness centers
  • Worship services
  • Protests
  • Offices for non-essential sectors
  • Personal care services, like nail salons, body waxing and tattoo parlors
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Malls

The announcement brought surprise and disappointment to business owners and personal care providers in Manhattan Beach who were just getting settled after re-opening.

SandSpa, for example, sent a notice to its clients yesterday that it needed to shut down due to the new order but added that "We will reopen the moment we are able to." In the meantime, they urged supporters to visit their online store.

The notice also dealt a blow to hairstylists who have been trying to get back on their feet after months of previous closures.

"These times are so uncertain and closing down is something that I currently do not understand. But it is something that we do not have a choice in," said Olivia Jane Carmichael, a hairstylist at Salon Six Degrees in Manhattan Beach. "I will miss all my clients and my fingers are crossed that this will not last very long."

Rising Hospitalizations, Case Numbers Cause Concern

In Los Angeles County, the 3-day average daily number of hospitalizations had been decreasing for some time but has begun to turn and is steadily increasing now, which is of concern according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH). The daily number of hospitalizations in Los Angeles County was below 1,500 one month ago but as of today reached 2,103.

Of the 2,103 people currently hospitalized, 27% of these people are confirmed cases in the ICU and 19% are confirmed cases on ventilators.

On Tuesday, July 14, the LACDPH reported 4,244 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 140,307 cases since the pandemic began. Manhattan Beach's count was 208, a doubling of cases in just three weeks.

There have been 3,822 total deaths in Los Angeles County, and 4 deaths in Manhattan Beach since the pandemic began.

Yesterday's order also ordered the statewide closure of bars and indoor dining. Those entities had already been closed in Los Angeles County and other populated parts of the state.

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