California Gov. Newsom OKs haircuts done outdoors, some Sonoma County salon owners not happy

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday licensed barbers and cosmetologists — whose businesses were shuttered last week in 33 counties during a sweeping round of closures intended to contain increase COVID-19 transmission — would be permitted to move their operations outdoors.

A short time later, the state Department of Consumer Affairs issued clarification saying only hair cutting — not shampooing, bleaching, straightening, coloring, electrolysis or any other process involving chemicals — would be allowed.

Fred Jones, legal counsel for the Professional Beauty Federation of California, said it was almost as bad as a week ago, when Newsom said the state’s 621,000 licensed barbers and cosmetologists would be allowed to practice their craft outdoors only to find out it was prohibited under their state license.

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