Monday, June 8, 2020

County Urges Vigilance as More Businesses Begin Reopening

Posted By on Mon, Jun 8, 2020 at 5:42 PM

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More than 100 hair salons and barbershops have the green light to reopen, according to the county, which expects further updates this week on other businesses being cleared to open their doors.

County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich will be making the call based on COVID-19 results and other epidemiologic data.

“Right now, our conditions are favorable,” she said in a release. “Public Health will pay close attention to the progression of the virus in our county to set the pace going forward.”

According to the county, the timeline for announcing the next reopening dates is as follows:

Campgrounds, RV parks and Outdoor Recreation – Reopening date likely to be announced mid-week.

State and county campgrounds may choose not to open immediately. Hotels and lodging for leisure travel/tourism – no sooner than June 12, possibly later.

Gyms – no sooner than June 12, possibly later.

Other types of business, such as tattoo parlors, nail salons, movie theaters and concert venues, have no estimated reopening dates.

“As more businesses are opening and we start to see some seasonal recreational activities resume, it may be tempting to pay less attention to physical distancing and requirements to wear facial coverings,”  Frankovich said. “I can’t stress enough that this virus is still circulating in Humboldt County, and as residents are more active outside their homes and more travelers arrive here, these safety measures become more, not less important. This is how we will be able to keep moving forward while protecting each other.”

Read the county release below:


A total of 114 hair salons and barber shops have been certified by the Humboldt County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and have been cleared to reopen today.

County residents are encouraged to call ahead of time before visiting any recently reopened business to find out about alterations to services, such as hours of operation and any safety measures that may be in place.

Please note some businesses are choosing not to resume in-person services at this time.

Humboldt County Health Officer Dr. Teresa Frankovich continues to monitor local COVID-19 test results and epidemiologic data to determine the timing of further reopening of industry sectors. “Right now, our conditions are favorable,” Dr. Frankovich said. “Public Health will pay close attention to the progression of the virus in our county to set the pace going forward.”

Based on local COVID-19 conditions, the Health Officer is expected to clear three additional sectors in the following order: Campgrounds, RV parks and Outdoor Recreation – Reopening date likely to be announced mid-week. State and county campgrounds may choose not to open immediately. Hotels and lodging for leisure travel/tourism – no sooner than June 12, possibly later. Gyms – no sooner than June 12, possibly later.

“As more businesses are opening and we start to see some seasonal recreational activities resume, it may be tempting to pay less attention to physical distancing and requirements to wear facial coverings,” Dr. Frankovich said. “I can’t stress enough that this virus is still circulating in Humboldt County, and as residents are more active outside their homes and more travelers arrive here, these safety measures become more, not less important. This is how we will be able to keep moving forward while protecting each other.”
The following sectors, businesses, establishments or activities are not permitted at this time to operate by the State of California, and a timeline for reopening has not yet been set:

Personal services such as nail salons, tattoo parlors, body waxing
Indoor playgrounds such as bounce centers, ball pits and laser tag
Movie theaters and live theater
Saunas and steam rooms
Nightclubs Concert venues
Festivals
Theme parks
Higher education
Bars
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