San Joaquin County is now allowing nail salons, estheticians, tattoo parlors, skin care services, massage therapists, and wineries to reopen.
Also on Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued state mandated guidance regarding when to use face masks in public inside places and outdoor situations. Details of how the new face mask rule applies for California’s 40 million residents in a bid to keep COVID-19 from spreading as much as possible while the economy is being reopened appears on Page A3 of today’s paper.
There were 29 new cases of COVID-19 in San Joaquin County reported in the 24-hour period ending Thursday at 12:30 p.m. There are now around 900 people out of the county’s 760,000 residents infected with the coronavirus.
Hospitalizations remain unchanged with 47 patients. There was one additional death to increase the count’s death toll to 47.
Gyms such as CALFit and InShape are reopening Manteca locations today after spending Thursday making sure they had all of the social distancing and sanitation protocols in place.
While many elements of the guidance are the same across industries – such as cleaning and physical distancing – consideration was given to industry-specific methods involving today’s round of businesses allowed to reopen. For example:
*Wineries need to provide a clean glass for each tasting and, if possible, do not pour beverages into a glass that a customer has already used.
*Discontinue the use of communal dump buckets, spit buckets, spittoons, etc.
*Disposable gloves should be worn throughout the entire esthetic service and while performing cleaning and disinfection of all implements and surfaces after each client session.
*Nail salons should use disposable supplies whenever possible. Any non-disposable supplies must be fully disinfected between customers.
County Public Health Officer Dr. Maggie Park has indicated the more residents that get tested for COVID-19 the better the chances for San Joaquin County to get off the state’s watch list to allow for more businesses to reopen and for social activities to resume.
The State is measuring whether a county has more than 25 COVID-19 positive cases per 100,000 in a 14-day period. San Joaquin County has over 91 people with COVID-19 per 100,000.
Testing is available at several locations across the county, including free sites in Lodi and French Camp.
State developed industry guidance can be found at www.Covid19.ca.gov. Additional information for businesses and links to alternative COVID-19 guidance visit www.SJReady.org.
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