California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that barbershops and hair salons can reopen immediately in counties that have been cleared to move faster on lifting coronavirus restrictions—a category that doesn’t include Los Angeles County or Long Beach.
The $58,000 raise comes as the district is facing the looming possibility of a 10% budget cut that would likely come with furloughs and layoffs.
California health officials today gave the go-ahead for counties to reopen in-store retail shopping statewide, a major step in California’s emergence from shutdown orders issued in March to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
As long as local health officials give the go-ahead, California churches can resume in-person services, the state said today.
Officials said about 1,100 people have recovered from the coronavirus while a total of 67 people are currently hospitalized.
At least 140 employees at the plant have tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus over the past few months, after a cluster of six cases were discovered in the plant’s ham deboning department in mid-April.
Los Angeles County, with a quarter of the state’s nearly 40 million residents, accounts for nearly half of its COVID-19 cases, and more than 55% of the state’s more than 3,600 deaths.
Officials announced on Friday that 3 Long Beach firefighters who work out of the department’s headquarters in East Long Beach tested positive for the virus.
The vague letter sent to Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer did not spell out any specific violations, but noted concern about statements both had made publicly that restrictions may be prolonged without a vaccine.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles County—which has a quarter of the state’s nearly 40 million residents and accounts for half of its COVID-19 cases—has not met standards to reopen more businesses.