Here's which CA counties can reopen schools and salons amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020
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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced a slew of restrictions for counties on California's watch list: no schools, bars, indoor restaurants, hair salons, nail salons, gyms or movie theaters.

Those stricter reopening rules apply to a vast majority of Californians: 37 counties where more than 91% of the state's residents live. That's because the state watch list has grown rather long as coronavirus cases surge.

Bars and indoor restaurants have to close everywhere in California for now.

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So where can schools, indoor salons and other indoor businesses even open in California?

As of Thursday, they're allowed to open in 21 of California's 58 counties. That may sound like a lot, but many of those counties are sparsely populated, so all 23 counties combined make up less than 10% of the state's residents.

The 22 counties appear as gray on our interactive watch list map below. They are: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Del Norte, El Dorado, Humboldt, Inyo, Lake, Lassen, Mariposa, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, San Mateo, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity and Tuolumne counties.

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Note that stricter local restrictions may still apply. Just because the state allows a county to move forward with reopening doesn't mean it's choosing to do so.

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For example, Santa Clara County has no plan to reopen movie theaters, regardless of whether or not it's on the watch list, until the pandemic is over.

One of the larger counties not on the watch list is San Mateo County. However, the county's health officer said this week there's a good chance they'll be added to the state's watch list soon due to concerning COVID-19 trends.

We're tracking the Bay Area's reopening status closely. Click on the map below to see differences between the nine Bay Area counties.

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Editor's note: An earlier version of this story stated that bars and indoor dining were only ordered closed for counties on the state's watch list, instead of statewide. The story has been updated to reflect that change.

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