Hair salons, barbershops can now operate outdoors

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Hair salons and barbershops can now reopen for outdoor service after Newsom on Monday waived a statewide law requiring personal care services to be performed in a licensed establishment.

Under the new guidelines, hairdressers can work under an outdoor tent or canopy as long as everyone is wearing masks and chairs are spaced six feet apart.

The governor’s announcement came a week after he ordered salons and barbershops in a majority of counties to shutter indoor operations — in some cases just a day after they reopened for the first time in months — prompting outcry from lawmakers and industry groups. But the new guidance wasn’t met with universal approval.

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