More Riverside County businesses will be able to open their doors Friday as the coronavirus regulatory bar is lowered further, with nail salons, tattoo parlors and massage therapy outlets eligible to return to operation, county Supervisor Karen Spiegel announced Wednesday.
“We welcome more Riverside County businesses reopening, and we encourage people to support those businesses that are protecting their employees, because it also means they care about protecting their customers,” the supervisor said.
The county is continuing its transition through stage 3 of the governor’s four-stage de-regulation framework tied to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Riverside University Health System, under guidelines specified by the California Department of Public Health, nail salons, facial and esthetician providers, shaving, waxing and threading businesses, massage therapy outlets and tattoo and piercing parlors countywide will be eligible to resume operations.
Last week, motels, gyms, bars, museums, theaters and wineries were among entities given the green light to reopen under public health guidelines that encourage social distancing, caps on the size of gatherings and repetitive sanitation of spaces.
Officials noted that wedding ceremonies can proceed, but receptions are not yet on the list of permitted functions.
Spiegel and RUHS officials advised residents to utilize all precautions to lessen COVID-19 exposure risks, including observing social distancing practices and wearing facial coverings where appropriate.
According to RUHS figures, the number of COVID-19 cases countywide that have been documented since early March stands at 11,951, compared to 11,694 on Tuesday, an increase of roughly 2%. The number of deaths stemming from virus-related complications totals 399, compared to 395 known deaths a day ago.
Officials said 257 people are receiving hospital care for coronavirus symptoms, and 65 of those are in intensive care. Nearly 165,000 tests have been administered, and the county has documented 6,341 recoveries.
Details on how service providers can implement and adhere to the state’s public health guidelines are available at www.RivCoBizHelp.org.
In stage 4 of the governor’s de-regulation framework, nightclubs, concert venues and sports venues will be eligible to resume operations.
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