Nail salons plan to sue Governor Newsom after saying they were the source of the virus in California
Nail salons in California plan to sue Governor Gavin Newsom after he revealed the California COVID-19 outbreak started in one of the state’s locations.
California will move to Phase 2 of its four-phase reopening plan on Friday, allowing some “ low-risk ” sectors, including clothing stores, bookstores and florists, to get back to work with physical distance restrictions or activities limited to curb pickup.
But when asked at a news conference on Thursday why nail salons and hair salons were not included in the second phase of the plan, Newsom stated businesslike that the spread of the virus in the state started in a nail salon.
“This whole thing started in the state of California, the community was dispersed in a nail salon,” he said. “Let me remind everyone. I am very concerned about that.
Gov Gavin Newsom revealed that the COVID-19 outbreak in California started in a nail salon as he described the state’s final steps to reopen the economy at a news conference on Thursday
“Many of the practices you would otherwise expect from an adaptation were already happening in many of these salons, with people wearing procedural masks, wearing gloves, and going to a higher level of hygiene.”
The Professional Beauty Federation of California has published a section on their website: “Time to prosecute Governor Newsom.”
The PBFC has decided to sue Governor Newsom to force him to reopen our salons much earlier than his promised “months not weeks” timeline.
“We understand that not all salons and stylists want to reopen under the current threat of this pandemic. Nothing in our legal challenge will compel someone to act against their will, ”the statement reads.
Three counties in California – Modoc, Yuba and Sutter – have caused a variety of companies, including salons, gyms and tattoo parlors, to open this week, despite Newsom’s state-owned company. Last Wednesday, a customer can be seen having her nails done in Yuba City
“We are simply convinced that the formal education / training of our stylists justifies our safe reopening under additional social distancing protocols that our State Board and industry stakeholders have been building for weeks.
Governor Newsom cannot change the goalposts in the middle of the game by switching from reducing the contamination curve to completely halting the spread by extending the shutdown by several months. If he does, most of our hairdressers, stylists, manicurists and skincare professionals and the businesses they operate in will either fold up their stores or resume livelihoods to feed their families and keep their businesses running.
“With proper PPE and procedures, our licensed professionals can safely resume their services and contribute to California’s economic recovery.”
Professional Beauty Federation of California, representing salons, plans to sue the governor in hopes of getting a more regulated opening. Customers wait to get their nails done at the Nail Tech salon at the Yuba Sutter Mall in Yuba City, California, on Wednesdays
On Thursday, Newsom added that state health officials put “ red flags ” on nail salons as a high risk, similar to gyms and hair salons.
Those companies will be included in phase 3 of the reopening plan, he said, without offering a timeline of when that step will come, as it depends on how the virus is progressing.
California is home to 11,000 nail salons, 80% of which are owned by Vietnamese Americans.
“If we don’t act now to protect our investments and livelihoods, people could misunderstand,” Christie Nguyen told the LA Times who runs 18 Nail Bar in Tustin.
FOUR STAGES TO REOPEN CALIFORNIA
Phase one: security and preparedness
Stay at home and flatten the curve. Expanding tests, personal protective equipment and hospital capacity. Making essential workplaces as safe as possible. Develop sector-by-sector guidelines for safe reopening.
Stage two: Workplaces with a lower risk
Gradually reopen some lower risk workplaces with adjustments.
This includes: retail (eg curbside collection), manufacturing, offices (when teleworking is not possible) and more public spaces
Stage three: workplaces with a higher risk
Gradually, some higher-risk environments are reopening with changes and size limits for meetings.
This includes: personal care (hairdressing salons, nail studios, gyms), cinemas, sports without a live audience and personal religious services
Phase four: End of the order at home
Reopening of the highest risk areas of our economy once therapeutic agents have been developed.
This includes mass gatherings such as: Concerts, convention centers and live public sports
“It’s just mind-boggling to know why he would say that,” she added. “It can be misleading to the public if we can open again, because everyone is afraid of COVID.”
“People shouldn’t be concerned with hysteria around this whole issue, since any public place is a place where there is an opportunity to spread the disease,” said Orange to the Times customer Windy Olaya.
“If you walk into an establishment and employees don’t wear masks, it can certainly cause anxiety, but when you see them following the guidelines, why not support them?”
On Monday morning, the PBFC plans to file the lawsuit asking salons to conduct a regulated reopening.
“We were 100 percent behind the block so we wouldn’t overwhelm our hospitals,” said the group’s legal counsel, Fred Jones, The Daily Beast. “But after two months of closing, in which, we say Governor Newsom, we passed – we checked the check, we flattened the curve – we expected the governor to allow a gradual reopening of our beauty salons under strict new guidelines.
“Many of our stylists are about to starve to take out their leases and make ends meet,” said Jones. So you have a fleeting combination of desperate customers and desperate stylists. We know this will cause thousands of our stylists to go underground and go from kitchen to kitchen and from house to house. That is the reality. No one can contradict that. So the real question is, how do you prevent this from happening if you’re the governor? You can’t do it. ‘