Nail salons are now allowed to reopen in Alameda County. (Photo via Kris Atomic/Unsplash)

Nail salons, many faced with going out of business because of the inability to open under health rules, can open in Alameda County for indoor operations, public health officials said Friday.

The move comes after the county reviewed state guidance and after the state allowed for indoor operations of nail salons on Tuesday even in counties with the highest risk for spreading COVID-19.

Earlier this week, Alameda County public health officials decided to make no changes to what businesses could reopen even after state officials said the county had reduced its risk for spreading the virus.

Friday’s decision is a change from that position. County officials said no other changes to what can or cannot operate are being made. Nail salons must follow county and state guidance for operating.

Restaurants in Alameda County are hungry to reopen indoor dining and many have been calling at least one county supervisor’s office to say so, according to comments made at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

County officials continue to review what parts of the economy can reopen safely and they said they will release a plan to avoid dramatic increases in COVID-19 cases.

To improve health and safety, public health officials ask that residents wear masks, wash their hands regularly, stay six feet away from others when in public and limit spending time with people outside of their household.

County officials encourage all businesses to serve customers outdoors whenever feasible because the risk of spreading the coronavirus is greater indoors.

For a list of what is and is not permitted in the county under health rules, visit:

Keith Burbank is currently a fulltime reporter covering Alameda County and Oakland news for Bay City News. He has also worked on the Data Points project for Local News Matters, finding trends and stories about the region through data. In 2019, he was a California Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, producing a series about homeless deaths in Santa Clara County. He worked as a swing shift editor for the newswire for several years as well. Outside of journalism, Keith enjoys computer programming, math, economics and music.