Contra Costa businesses slowly reopen, adapt to limitations

New state guidelines allow indoor haircuts in Contra Costa

Frontier Hair Salon in Clayton, CA.

For the update to Contra Costa’s stay-at-home order on Jan. 25, 2021, click here.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (Aug. 31, 2020)—The California Department of Public Health has announced new statewide guidelines. These rules help make regulations and community re-openings more standardized throughout the state. Contra Costa and most other counties are now in the purple (most restrictive) tier.

Hair salons and barber shops can now operate indoors in Contra Costa County with safety guidelines in place. Indoor shopping malls may also reopen at 25% maximum occupancy. This applies as long as they keep public congregation points and food courts closed. Also, the mall must have an approved COVID-19 safety plan from Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS). Gyms and fitness centers may begin operating outdoors in accordance with their own state guidelines and checklist.

These new state rules do not change the restrictions on in-person education, or the state’s school waiver process in Contra Costa.

We continue to evaluate the State’s new framework and its impact on our county, and we will provide additional information as it becomes available.

CCHS encourages businesses to adjust reopening plans as needed in response to changes in air quality in the county from Northern California wildfires. Contra Costa Health Services urges residents to:

  • wear face coverings when outside
  • wear face coverings when near people outside your household
  • observe physical distancing
  • stay home from work or school when not feeling well
  • wash hands thoroughly and often