SANTA MONICA—Parallel with Los Angeles County, the city of Santa Monica is soon allowing the re-opening of salons, barbershops, and restaurants, with social distance guidelines announced Friday, May 29.
L.A. County announced the change to the COVID-19 lockdown citing the state approval. Shortly after Interim City Manager and Director of Emergency Services Lane Dilg signed the seventeenth supplement to Santa Monica’s local emergency declaration echoing L.A. County’s move.
The supplement replaces the third supplement, which closed down non-essential businesses and follows business re-opening guidelines of the state of California and Los Angeles County.
Dilg said in a statement, “In the days and weeks to come, we look forward to working with our local business partners to roll out opportunities for new use of public and private outdoor space for safe, physically distanced dining experiences.”
As per L.A. County’s statement, the order permitting restaurants to open for dine-in will only be applicable to restaurants with outdoor dining permits pre-COVID-19. Curbsides pick up zones for restaurants will stay open until June 30.
The seventeenth supplement, in effect until June 30, will continue to exclude trucks and other vehicles delivering grocery items to grocery stores past permitted delivery hours. Nail salons, spa services, bars, bar areas in restaurants, and restaurants on the Santa Monica Pier will remain closed.
The openings come with in-depth public health protocols for both barbershops and restaurants.
Barbershops and hair salons must maintain a physical distance of 6 feet, both employees and customers will be screened for symptoms and wear face masks at all times, and credit cards or exact cash payments are encouraged.
Restaurants will also have required physical distancing, customers must wear facemasks when not eating, will wait to be seated in their car, and both customers and employees will be screened for symptoms. Restaurants will only serve at 60% capacity for the next three weeks and reservations are encouraged.
To read the seventeenth supplement please click here and for any questions call the City of Santa Monica’s hotline at (310) 458-8400.