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By Toni DeRosa
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Kern purple status means slow reopening


Last updated 9/7/2020 at 5:28am | View PDF

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Luz Santania, left, and Juana Quintanilla of Divas Salon.

Businesses will reopen in a four-tiered framework under Gov. Gavin Newsom's new guidance. The reopening will be rolled out "simply and slowly," Newsom said.

The four tiers will be determined by using case rates and test positivity rates.

There are also four categories, such as widespread, substantial, moderate, and minimal.

There are four color-coded levels. Purple, or Tier 1, indicates that the virus is widespread in the county, with more than seven cases per 100,000 residents or more than 8% of tests results reported positive over seven days. Red, or Tier 2, indicates "substantial" spread of the virus. Orange, Tier 3, indicates "moderate" spread, and yellow, Tier 4, indicates "minimal" spread of the virus in the county.

Kern County is in Tier 1, purple.

Newsom said Kern may open some businesses and activities with modifications. These include all retail, shopping centers with a maximum of 25% capacity, hair salons and barbershops for indoor service, provided they follow the Center for Disease Control and Health Department's previous guidelines utilizing masks for all employees and clientele. In addition, the businesses must continue with the sanitization practices as outlined earlier in the governor's directive.

Because of the intense heat in Kern County, this comes as welcome news to hairdressers in Wasco.

Hairdressers Luz Santania and Juana Quintanilla from Diva's Hair Salon on 7th Street said that while business has been slower, they are expecting more of their regulars to return soon.

Restaurants can continue to remain open and serve outdoor dining, take-out and delivery, while gyms and fitness centers must remain closed.

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Jasmine Casillas from La Cocina de El Pueblo Restaurant.

"We are still just take-out," said El Pueblo Restaurant's Jasmine Casilla.

A shop filled with collectibles had not officially opened Monday, but owner Paul Barraga from Botanica Luna Nueva on 7th Street said he anticipates opening later in the week.

In addition, shopping centers may be opened with limited indoor operations. This means limiting the number of people allowed inside a store at one time, and limiting the number of diners inside a food court.

Wasco numbers on covid-19 positive tests were 1,310 with 409 recovered and an additional 130 presumed recovered in a city with 27,550 population. Shafter's numbers were similar to Wasco's with the total number of cases at 1,096, total recovered at 442 with a presumed additional 137 recovered in a total population of 20,710.


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