If you work in, or patronize a barber shop, nail salon or beauty parlor, Gov. Gavin Newsom had some good news for you. On Monday, at a press conference, he announced that the state was relaxing some guidelines for those businesses.
They were ordered shut down last week over issues related to how safe they were in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The good news is we now have new guidelines … clarifying what we can and can’t do as it relates to hair cuts and activities that we want to move from indoors to outdoors for personal care services industry,” he said.
Such businesses will be able to conduct their operations under a tent, a canopy or other sun shelter provided no more than one side is closed, allowing sufficient outdoor air movement, according to the new guidelines.
Restrictions on nail salons especially have hit the Vietnamese community of Orange County hard. Many, if not most, of the those businesses are owned or operated by immigrants from Vietnam, including the work force.
More federal agents coming, says President Trump
President Donald Trump on Monday said he was planning on sending Federal law enforcement agents to Chicago to combat protests and violence. Agents of the Federal Protective Service, typically assigned to provide security in and around buildings such as courthouses, were present in Portland, Oregon over the weekend, battling protesters, according to the Associated Press.
The agents were sent there over the objections of local authorities. The use of those agents may not be limited to Portland and Chicago. “We’re going to have more federal law enforcement, I can tell you,” the president said. “In Portland, they’ve done a fantastic job. They’ve been there three days and they have really done a fantastic job in a very short period of time.” A federal court ruling is expected in a lawsuit by the Oregon attorney general challenging the constitutionality of using FPS officers to make arrests and detain suspects.
Also in the news: Jacksonville sheriff is worried
The Sheriff of Duval County where the 2020 Republican National Convention is scheduled to be held next month is worried that his department may not have the resources or time to provide security for the Jacksonville event. “We are still not close to having some kind of plan that we can work with that we’re going to keep that event and the community safe,” said Mike Williams, according to United Press International.• Nikema Williams, chair of the Democratic Party in Georgia, has been selected to replace John Lewis on the ballot for the Nov. 3 election. Lewis, a civil rights icon, served 17 terms in the House of Representatives before his death on Friday. • Teachers in Florida are suing Gov. Ron DeSantis for his order to fully reopen schools in state. The educators’ unions are arguing that it’s not safe to hold in-person classes, according to the New York Times. • Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s polling lead over President Donald Trump has declined slightly. According to an average of recent polls by RealClearPolitics, Biden is supported by 49.3 percent to 40.7 percent for Trump. That 8.6 percent margin is down from 9.0 last week.
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