SAN JOSE (KPIX) — One of many hardest-hit Bay Space counties within the pandemic will reopen hair salons, barbershops and indoor malls on Monday with modifications, Santa Clara County officers mentioned Friday.
The announcement got here six hours after Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned the state’s watch checklist would get replaced with a color-coded tier system.
“I imply we had been sweating it out all day at this time, it was an emotional curler coaster,” mentioned Atelier Studio and Salon proprietor and founder Karie Bennett. “I feel a great way to carry a gathering is to get everybody concerned within the assembly who’s going to must ship some data later.”
Bennett is making ready to open on Monday after shutting her doorways greater than 5 months in the past.
She was amongst hair and nail salon, barbershop and gymnasium homeowners who, final month, acquired the inexperienced gentle to open for under 48 hours after the county made the state’s watch checklist.
“It’s getting tougher and tougher to carry on. (I’m) cautiously optimistic, I might say,” Bennett mentioned. “We’ve had numerous forwards and backwards; that whiplash we’ve all been feeling (as) enterprise homeowners.”
After the governor’s announcement of the brand new tiered system, enterprise homeowners throughout the Bay Space rapidly tried to seek out out what tier they had been in and if they may reopen.
All Bay Space counties, besides Napa and San Francisco, had been within the purple tier. That tier permits hair salons, barbershops and indoor malls to reopen with modifications. Indoor malls are solely allowed to reopen at 25 % capability. Hair salons and barbershops should adjust to the county’s risk-reduction guidelines created after they opened briefly final month.
Regardless of some enterprise homeowners feeling hope Friday, others discovered they have to stay closed, together with gyms and health studio homeowners.
“I feel the tier system is an enchancment,” mentioned Evolution Trainers founder Ashley Selman.
She mentioned whereas there’s extra readability in how and when to reopen a county, it paints a broad brush over the health business.
“I imply there’s nonetheless questions of which sectors get to open first and is that precisely truthful,” Selman mentioned. “There’s large gymnasium health, there’s group health, there’s private coaching nevertheless it’s all being handled all the identical. In order that’s type of irritating.”
The California Health Alliance launched a press release that mentioned the governor “determined solely those that can afford a Peloton ought to have entry to a wholesome life-style.”
Bennett mentioned she’ll put together to reopen on Monday and hopes the county doesn’t take one other step backward.
“You simply have to carry again a bit of little bit of your self so that you don’t get so badly damage once more if issues change,” Bennett mentioned.