As of Monday, Aug. 31, barbershops and salons in Orange County finally have approval to return to work indoors, after Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement for “A Blueprint for a Safer Economy” on Friday, Aug. 28.

Per the announcement, indoor shopping malls are now able to reopen, with reduced capacity. However, mall food courts will remain closed.

In a Facebook post Monday, the Orange County Health Care Agency gave more details on reopening protocol across Orange County.

“As of today (Monday, August 31), hair salons and barbershops can open indoors with modifications. Shopping malls also can open at a maximum capacity of 25%. Common areas and food courts must remain closed. For more information and to find out the status of other industries, visit covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy.”

Under California’s new color-coded tiers for COVID-19 monitoring, Barbershops and salons — in Orange County — can reopen with modifications  set forth by the state department of health.

While modifications are in place, the reopening guidelines for barbershops and salons issued by the California Department of Health remains unchanged from a July 29 update.

Barbershops around the Irvine area began sharing reopening messages on social media Monday.

Under the new system, barbershops and hair salons statewide will be allowed to reopen its indoor operations with certain modifications, however, L.A. County opposed those permissions.

L.A. Public Health said, “Since County orders may be more restrictive than State guidance, all current restrictions remain in place until @lapublichealth and the @LACountyBOS have an opportunity to review the suggested guidance from the State and take actions that are appropriate for our County.”

On Monday Aug. 31, the Orange County reported 94 new COVID-19 cases, with one new death. There are currently 317 people hospitalized, with 98 in the ICU.

Orange County is currently in the, “Widespread” category, which is the highest level of the state’s new four-level tiered system.