Coronavirus hot spot LA can reopen restaurants, salons: Gov. Newsom

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Los Angeles can reopen its restaurants, barbershops and hair salons for sit-down service, California officials said Friday — even though the county is still the epicenter of the state’s coronavirus outbreak.

The move by Gov. Gavin Newsom lets LA join the vast majority of California’s other counties, where restaurants and hair salons have already reopened with social-distancing rules in effect, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Newsom began greenlighting restaurants, retail shops and hair salons last week.

The LA area remains a coronavirus hot spot, however. As of Friday afternoon, it had nearly 50,000 confirmed cases, the fourth-highest of any county in the US, according to tracking by Johns Hopkins University.

Chicago had the most, at 74,521 cases. Queens and Brooklyn had the second- and third-highest numbers of cases at 54,000 and 48,700, respectively.