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Manhattan Beach To Allow Temporary Outdoor Operations for Salons, Fitness

Jul 28, 2020 11:19PM ● By Dig Mb Staff
Get ready to enjoy some yoga or a haircut out in the fresh air: In response to state and county  limits on indoor operations, Manhattan Beach is temporarily allowing certain personal care uses, fitness establishments, gyms, hair salons and barbershops to operate outdoors in public and private areas.

The city made the exemptions to its municipal code in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis through Emergency Order No. 15.

“We’re continually evaluating how we can assist more types of businesses as we navigate this difficult time. These actions are needed now more than ever, to support our business community most impacted economically by the pandemic, while simultaneously following safety protocols,” said Mayor Richard Montgomery in a statement. “As a community that takes great pride in wellness activities, I encourage residents to continue to support our local businesses as they transition to outdoor services and, most importantly, wear a face covering!”

The city’s emergency order gives Manhattan Beach-based personal care, fitness establishments, gyms, hair salons, and barbershops a similar opportunity that was recently extended to restaurant and retail establishments to operate outdoors. 

While operating outdoors, all employees and customers must continue to follow Public Health orders, including wearing face coverings and physical distancing. Only legally-permitted businesses with a valid city business license may apply to the city to conduct outdoor operations. Businesses must first obtain a temporary outdoor salon/gym permit on private property or a planning encroachment minor permit on public property.

To apply, visit the city’s website,, and click on the “Online Permitting” button.  

Applicants seeking to use a city park for fitness classes or personal training may apply to the Parks and Recreation Department for a permit and must comply with all city requirements set forth in Manhattan Beach Municipal Code (Section 12.48.070) protocols established by the state of California and the county of Los Angeles, and by the city Parks and Recreation Department.

Interested businesses must have a valid city business license and may apply at or contact mbparksandre[email protected] for more information.

The city of Manhattan Beach continues to see an upswing in COVID-19 cases. As of June 28, Manhattan Beach has had 254 total cases since the pandemic began. That number has more than doubled from a month ago, on June 28, when Manhattan Beach only had 124 cases.

Community members are urged to help the spread of COVID-19 by adhering to social distancing, wearing face coverings, being safer at home, hand washing, and avoiding crowds, confined spaces, and close contact.

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