Late last week, salon owners in California announced a lawsuit against Governor Newsom following months of forced salon closures. Now, Newsom is lifting the stay-at-home order, which will allow salons and outdoor dining to resume.
According to an article on Forbes.com, California is returning to a tiered opening, which places counties into colored tiers based on caseloads and positive rates. The article went on to say that most counties would likely fall into the most restrictive purple tier, allowing for outdoor dining and limited indoor services. Although the counties can open in accordance with the tiered system, local governments are allowed to implement stricter guidelines than the state if needed.
The Department of Public Health said in a statement the stay-at-home order was no longer necessary because four-week ICU capacity is projected to exceed 15%, but the state has so far refused to publicly release the data underlying that determination, the Associated Press reported.
"California is slowly starting to emerge from the most dangerous surge of this pandemic yet, which is the light at the end of the tunnel we’ve been hoping for," California’s Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said in a statement. "Seven weeks ago, our hospitals and front-line medical workers were stretched to their limits, but Californians heard the urgent message to stay home when possible and our surge after the December holidays did not overwhelm the health care system to the degree we had feared."