PALMDALE — Personal care services including nail salons, hair salons and barbershops, as well as gyms, fitness centers and places of worship that are closed for indoor services, would be able to operate outdoors under a proclamation the City Council will consider ratifying at a meeting tonight.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. Due to restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be streamed live on the city’s website at cityofpalmdale.org and on Spectrum Channel 27.
The City Council will conduct a public hearing to collect feedback on the proposed resolution to ratify the proclamation temporarily allowing businesses to operate outdoors and waiving parking requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The pandemic has had an economic impact throughout the state and Los Angeles, but also within the City. For example, the unemployment rates for June were 14.9% statewide; 19.5% countywide and 20.80%
“By allowing these businesses to operate outdoors it would help facilitate the continued operation of these service businesses while protecting public health,” a staff report said. “This could avoid the closure of future local businesses continuing sales tax revenue.”
The proposed resolution follows new guidelines Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on July 20, about a week after the state rolled back the reopening of personal care services, following a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases.
Countywide businesses that are currently closed for indoor service but are allowed to operate outdoors, include personal care services such as nail salons, massage parlors, hair salons and barbershops. The order also applies to gyms and fitness centers such as yoga and dance studios as well as places of worship, faith-based services and cultural ceremonies including weddings and funerals.
The City revised the Al Fresco program, which allows restaurants to expand their operations outdoors to increase capacity and allow for social distancing, to include any business in the governor’s revised order.