Coronavirus hot spot Los Angeles can reopen restaurants, salons, Gov. Newsom says

Los Angeles can now 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 out 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 number of cases, at 54,000 and 48,700 respectively.

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