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Nail salons, movie theaters, malls to reopen with limited capacity under new state tier

Posted at 3:56 PM, Sep 23, 2020

More businesses can reopen with limited capacity in San Luis Obispo County.

Wednesday afternoon public health officials explained what's allowed as the county moves to the red tier.

Malls, swap meets and retail shops can open at 50 percent capacity.

Dine-in restaurants, movie theaters, places of worship, zoos and museums can open at 25 percent.

Gyms and fitness centers are limited to 10 percent capacity because its considered a high-risk activity.

Personal care services have no capacity limit. However, San Luis Obispo County health officer Dr. Penny Borenstein says these businesses will still be required to keep all safety measures in place including wearing masks. Nail care, tattoo and massage parlors are included.

Several businesses will remain closed under the red tier, that includes bars, community centers, live music, indoor recreation, playgrounds and wedding receptions.

“This is not a forever situation. I've said this since the beginning of the pandemic. It's good to celebrate our successes but let’s not be complacent," said Dr. Borenstein.

In two weeks, schools can present reopening plans to county officials. Dr. Borenstein says schools could technically open by early October with new measures in place, but she doesn't believe many will be ready to reopen by then.

As for Halloween, county officials plan to discuss guidelines with the state Wednesday evening. As of now, the county recommends people read the CDC's guidelines.

For more information, visit the county's public health website.