Today, Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) led a coalition of lawmakers to urge Governor Gavin Newsom to amend his statewide order and allow businesses in the personal care sector, gyms and fitness studios, and recreational facilities to safely reopen during Stage 2. Two days ago, the Governor said that these industries are still weeks away from re-opening.
“If this is really about science and following the lead of public health experts, these businesses should be included in Stage 2 of the Governor’s plan and open today,” said Gallagher. “On Monday, the Governor said that counties can move forward at their own pace. But his roadmap to re-opening contradicts these comments. We can and should re-open these businesses.”
According to the Johns Hopkins Public Health Principles for Phased Reopening during COVID-19: Guidance to Governors, these businesses have low to medium contact intensity and a higher ability to modify operations to comply with necessary mitigation measures.
“We as stylists, practice in depth sanitation before, during, and after every guest who walks in and out of our salon. We make it our duty to ensure that no two guests touch the same items or surfaces without proper disinfecting and sanitation,” said Mercedes Brockman, co-owner of Beyond Appearance Salon Spa in Marysville. “Our industry urges the Governor to use a bit more common sense. We’re much safer than any big box store.”
April Helm, President of NSFit in Yuba City said, “As a health club, our goal is to improve the health and wellness of our members. To protect our staff and members, we have implemented several policies and procedures to ensure their safety. We strongly urge the Governor to recognize that we are far safer and healthier than a casino or a big box store. Exercise is “essential” to quality of life.”
The Center for American Liberty is representing the Professional Beauty Federation of California (PBFC) in their legal case against Governor Newsom. The PBFC represents more than 500,000 members throughout the state, all of whom are currently prohibited from making a living under the current shutdown orders. Many of California’s beauty professionals are small business owners that employ 1099 contractors and aren’t eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program.