YREKA, Calif. — Siskiyou County has entered a new phase of reopening from coronavirus restrictions on Tuesday, according to public health officials. Under the guidelines places of worship, retail stores, and hair salons can reopen with specific precautions.
"Approved by the California State Public Health Officer, all retail stores can reopen for in-store shopping under previously issued guidelines," Siskiyou County said. "Under new guidance, places of worship can hold religious services and funerals that limit attendance to 25 percent of a building’s capacity – or up to 100 attendees, whichever is lower."
Siskiyou County was approved on May 14 to move more quickly through California's Stage II of reopening. Each of California's stages includes several county-by-county reopening landmarks within them.
Under the new guidelines, nails salons in Siskiyou County "should provide a barrier" between employees and clients and wear masks. Hair salon workers also have to wear a mask.
"The exception to salons at this time are as follows: No services that involve close work on the face are allowed to operate at this time (i.e., facials, face waxing, eyelash services). Each salon must have a written plan in place," the County said.
While most large gatherings are still banned, "in-person protests and events designed for political expression" will be allowed in venues as long as attendance is 25 percent of the area's maximum occupancy or up to 100 people.
The new step also includes guidelines for religious services, funerals, and places of worship:
- Establish and implement a COVID-19 prevention plan for every location, train staff on the plan, and regularly evaluate workplaces for compliance.
- Train employees and volunteers on COVID-19, including how to prevent it from spreading and which underlying health conditions may make individuals more susceptible to contracting the virus.
- Implement cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
- Set physical distancing guidelines.
- Recommend that staff and guests wear cloth face coverings, and screen staff for temperature and symptoms at the beginning of their shifts.
- Set parameters around or consider eliminating singing and group recitations. These activities dramatically increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission. For this reason, congregants engaging in singing, particularly in the choir, and group recitation should wear face coverings at all times and when possible, these activities should be conducted outside with greater than 6-foot distancing.
- Religious services and funerals shall limit attendance to 25% of a building’s capacity – or up to 100 attendees, whichever is lower.
"The new guidance for religious services and cultural ceremonies encourages organizations to continue online services and activities, including to protect individuals who are most at risk for more severe COVID-19, including older adults and people with specific medical conditions," Siskiyou County said.