SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. – As Shasta County continues to move through phase two of the state’s reopening plan; people are looking towards phase three, which includes places like gyms, hair salons, and churches.
The Shasta Family YMCA is putting health and safety measures into place so it’s ready to hit the ground running once it reopens. The Y is spacing out workout equipment, setting up sneeze guards, and making masks mandatory for employees. All the safety precautions are to reduce the risk when people start to come back.
“We just have to keep safety as the number one priority for our members and our staff going forward,” said Robin Fator, the marketing and advertising specialist at Shasta Family YMCA.
The Y is also offering virtual zoom workout classes for its members so they can stay active during the stay at home order. The YMCA is also planning to reopen June 1 in case the governor gives the go-ahead for phase three.
But as places like the YMCA get ready, large gatherings are still not allowed under the stay at home order.
St. James Lutheran Church created a reopening committee made up of doctors and nurses who are members of the congregation. The committee is looking at how it will restructure its worship services once churches open back up.
Part of the logistics the committee is how to keep churchgoers six feet apart during prayer or to make sure the choir is properly separated.
“We have discussed some of the logistical considerations and what it will mean to be physically together in the same space,” said Bob Swartz, the pastor at St. James.
The church even switched several of its classes and programs to online formats. So people can still have that sense of community even if it's through the internet. The church's reopening committee is even looking at extending those online sessions or creating a hybrid format.
Meanwhile, the loss of hair salons and barbershops is felt across walks of life. Hair salons and barbershops are slated to open in phase three.
Kiyo Tracy tells Action News Now she has not cut her in almost 12 weeks. But says since she’s considered to be in a high-risk group, she will wait till it’s safe.
“I love my hairdresser here in Redding, but I would not choose to go to the salon even if they did open up,” said Tracy. “Maybe I would ask my hairstylist if should come to my house.”
Shasta County Public Health tells Action News Now it's waiting on the governor's guidance for the next phase.