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Oct
23

15 things we loved this week: Rashford, Fabinho, Bielsa, Roofe & more – PlanetFootball

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European football returned this week as wewitnessed yet more brilliance in the Champions League and the Europa League.

Elsewhere, Marcus Rashford continued to be a better person than all of us put together and Marcelo Bielsa managed to cheer us up.

Weve rounded up the best of the action on and off the pitch.

The winner in Paris wasnt bad, but more importantly Rashford has kept on fighting to end child poverty in the UK. Its been a big week, and thats probably kept him quite busy, but hes not stopped taking the time to do the little things like this

Fucking hell, mate.

Fucking hell, Darwin.

Well said, Carra.

We love this player. We love this team. We love any shot that kisses the bar on the way into the back of the net.

What were we just saying about shots that kiss the bar on the way in?

We can only dream of striking a ball that sweetly.

That smile never fails to cheer us up.

Yes, youve seen it a thousand times already, but its still just as impressive as it was on the first watch.

Well, not Sneijder specifically, but rather this presumably regretful Manchester United fan.

Weve suddenly got a really big urge to watch The Road Runner.

He makes this look so easy we often wonder why he doesnt just do it a bit more.

And the prize for Story We Did Not Expect To Read This Week goes to

Were unsure of the fitness benefits, but sign us up for salmon football.

Were guessing that did the trick

Diogo Jotas pass should make LFC fans excited & their front three worried

Aaron Wan-Bissaka single-handedly put Neymar & Mbappe into lockdown

Can you name every team to play in the Champions League knockout stages?

Newcastles Forgotten Entertainers: We forgot to insure 15m Alan Shearer

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Oct
23

Four in the running for 4th Senate seat – Journal Inquirer

Longtime Democratic Sen. Steve Cassano is in a four-way race for the 4th Senate District seat, challenged by a Republican and two third-party candidates.

Cassano, who first entered the Senate in 2011, is running against Republican Matthew M. Corey, Libertarian Harold Harris, and Reclaim Party candidate Kelly Green. The four-way race for the district that covers Andover, Bolton, Glastonbury, and Manchester, has a mix of political newcomers and experienced legislators facing off.

4th SENATE district

Andover, Bolton, Glastonbury and Manchester

Steve Cassano

DEMOCRAT

Hometown: Manchester

Age: 78

Education: Associates degree, Manchester Community College 1968;

bachelors degree, Boston State College (now University of Massachusetts Boston) 1969; masters degree, State University of New York at Albany 1970; masters of social work, University of Connecticut 1975

Experience: Combined 36 years, 12 years deputy mayor of Manchester, 14 mayor of Manchester, 10 years state

senator

Occupation: State senator, retired community college

professor, small business owner and real estate agent

4th SENATE district

Andover, Bolton, Glastonbury and Manchester

Matthew M. Corey

Republican

Hometown: Manchester

Age: 56

Education: Attended Manchester Community College with a focus on engineering and liberal arts

Experience: Navy veteran

Occupation: Self-employed at two small businesses related to the restaurant and service industry and commercial window cleaning

4th SENATE district

Andover, Bolton, Glastonbury and Manchester

Kelly Green

Reclaim Party

Hometown: Bolton

Age: 36

Education: Partial college

Experience: Worked on some legislative bills within the tattoo community, no elected experience

Occupation: Tattoo artist and small business owner

4th SENATE district

Andover, Bolton, Glastonbury and Manchester

Harold S. Harris

Independent and Libertarian

Hometown: Glastonbury

Age: 74

Education: Associates of engineering, bachelors in aerospace engineering, masters in mechanical cngineering

Experience: Glastonbury Commission of Economic Development since 2012; election moderator and assistant registrar of voters since 2010.

Occupation: Chief engineer at Plastics and Concepts, previously engineer and manager at Pratt & Whitney for 33 years

Cassano, who was also mayor and deputy mayor of Manchester for a combined 26 years, said creating jobs and helping small business in the state is a main focus of the legislature, but the economic shift caused by COVID-19 has changed certain priorities.

So many have closed down, so many have laid people off, so we need to restructure, getting back to the business we have before COVID, Cassano said.

The senator said the state needs to focus on how it will get thousands of people back to work and react to large layoffs across the state.

Our biggest task, I think, is to deal with this ripple effect, Cassano said, also referring to several companies that have relocated outside of the state. How do we replace them? Were going to have to invest in getting people back to work.

Other than strengthening the states fiscal position and creating jobs among economic uncertainty, Cassano said COVID-19 health and safety is his largest immediate priority. He said he wants to ensure the creation of a vaccine isnt rushed and is safe and tested before distributed to the population.

Im not willing to support any kind of a vaccine that hasnt gone through a program and shows that its safe, Cassano said.

Corey, who ran against sitting U.S. Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., in 2018, said he thanks Cassano for his years of service as a politician, but he thinks its time for fresh faces in the state legislature.

Residents need to have people over there who legislate when it actually has effects on them, Corey said. We need someone in there that has compassion and empathy with the legislation theyre passing, and not just blow through it.

Corey said while hes not a career politician, hes also not new to politics and has been politically involved in the state and country for years. If elected, he said he wants to focus on strengthening the economy, creating jobs, and supporting the trade and manufacturing industry.

Referring to the several vacant school buildings in Manchester, which the town is exploring options on how to reuse, the 4th District hopeful suggested possibly opening up a trade or manufacturing academy in one of them.

These manufacturing invest millions of dollars training their employees, and retention is what hurts them the most, Corey said. Wouldnt it be great to be able to pluck from a field and fill these manufacturing employment gaps.

Bolton resident Kelly Green created her own party, the Reclaim Party, for her independent run for the seat. She collected signatures to get on the ballot and hopes to add herself as a fresh face to the state legislature. Green said she wanted to get involved after having a bad experience trying to work with Cassano on a bill related to tattooing in the state.

Im a tattooer, and there are a lot of things wrong with our legislation as for getting a tattoo license, Green said.

She said Cassano never met with her regarding the bill she was pursuing, but ended up co-sponsoring it in the end regardless. Kelly said she felt the senator just put his name on the bill even though he didnt help work on it. She said shed work more closely with her constituents if elected and doesnt want to be a typical politician.

Im so sick of people wasting seats in government we have so much stuff thats wrong and needs to be brought to attention and if I have to be that person with the big mouth and start talking, someones got to do it, Green said.

Green isnt the only third-party candidate running, though: Glastonbury resident Harold Harris is running as a Libertarian and independent candidate and wants to bring a third-party voice to the General Assembly.

Harris is on the Glastonbury Commission of Economic Development, a position hes held since 2012.

I have spent the last 30 years trying to get the state of Connecticut to pay attention to the economy and right the ship, and it hasnt worked so I decided I better go in and do it myself, Harris said. Im running for the future.

Harris said hes tired of the two-party system in the country and hopes third party candidates can break through this year. He said hes focused on improving education and eliminating economic disparity the state, something he says will help things like racial division. He called a good economy and good education a symbiotic relationship.

A lot of the racial tension is built around economic disparity, and the fact that some schools have in some cases 18% lower graduation rates than other schools, Harris said. If you improve the economy and the education system, then other things fall in place.

With the district encompassing four towns, voters in the area come from a variety of backgrounds and political allegiances. Glastonbury resident Dave Coffer said he hasnt voted in the last few local elections but said he plans to vote Republican or third party this year.

The state has an affordability problem, and we definitely feel it here in town, Coffer said.

Lanette Gomez of Manchester said she plans to register as a Democrat when she goes to vote this year. She said she thinks the states Democratic party has been more supportive of Connecticuts Black and brown population.

If the Republicans all still support President Donald Trump, I cant support them, Gomez said.

For updates on Manchester and Bolton, follow Skyler Frazer on Twitter:@SkyFraCT,Facebook:SkyFraCT, and Instagram:SkylerFrazerJIto stay updated on his latest articles.

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Oct
23

Meet Heather Fleck: The First Lady of Gophers football – TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

In July 2018, Heather Fleck walked into the Mens Warehouse store in Roseville on a mission. The mother of Gophers football player Noah Hickcox had called in a favor from Illinois: the redshirt freshman needed a suit for his grandmothers funeral.

In the store, Fleck sprung into action, calling for the 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive lineman to be measured while she picked out potential styles and color combinations that fit into Hickcoxs budget. A few days later, Hickcox looked dapper in a two-piece navy suit with pink accents when he walked into St. Bridget Catholic Church in Loves Park, Ill., to mourn his grandma, Le Milnichuk, and support his mom, Nicole.

It was just one of a multitude of tasks Fleck volunteers for as the unofficial First Lady of Gophers football. She goes by Momma Fleck.

Her husband, of course, is P.J. Fleck, head coach of the University of Minnesota football program. Wearing a tie, quarter-length zip-up and a headset, he will pace the sideline when 21st-ranked Minnesota plays No. 18 Michigan in the 2020 season opener on Saturday night at TCF Bank Stadium.

Entering his fourth year at the helm of the top rising program in the Big Ten Conference, Fleck is a CEO, a richly paid public figure, mentor, motivator and sometimes micro-manager. When there is a key decision to be made Saturday night, ABCs cameras will cut to Fleck as he makes the ultimate call.

Heather Fleck might not be captured on camera this weekend, but she will be nearby. Since P.J. was hired away from Western Michigan in January 2017, Heather has provided a separate but simultaneous support system for players, a driver of the programs ethos to serve the community.

When shes not at the Larson Football Performance Center, she could be found, pre-pandemic, volunteering at the University of Minnesota Masonic Childrens Hospital. She runs the Fleck Family Fund, contributes to work on clothing lines that give to good causes and serves on the board of directors at the Ronald McDonald House.

She is the mother to a blended family of six. Heather brings Gavin from her first marriage. P.J. has Carter, Paisley and Harper. They share custody with Gavins father in Michigan and the trios mother in St. Louis.

With 116 Gophers on this years roster, Heather cant develop relationships with everyone like the one she has with Hickcox. But she makes herself available, giving out her cellphone number, telling players they can reach out if they need help.

Im not the only one who thinks she is a mother figure; shes a mother figure to the whole program, said Hickcox, who has played 20 games at the U. I think a lot of guys find comfort in her. I dont think that happens everywhere else.

During last years historic 11-2 season, P.J. Fleck made a list of all the things Heather is involved with. While he is often cited as a wellspring of energy, its a shared characteristic.

The amount of energy she has to give to other people inspires me to keep doing it even better every day, more than I did it the day before, P.J. said. When you have somebody that youre married to that inspires you to do that, thats powerful. Some people call it a power couple. I firmly believe she makes us that. Shes constantly changing our program.

Heather was working at Ziegler Automotive Group in Kalamazoo, Mich., when P.J. received his first head coaching job at Western Michigan in 2013. She heard him speak at a sponsorship event at 8 oclock one morning and thought what so many Minnesotans have when they first saw P.J. open his mouth.

Who is this guy? And why is he yelling at us? Heather recalled. She sensed his personality was genuine in more candid moments but didnt know yet him on a personal level. She had been divorced for a few years when a mutual friend tried to set them up. It was a nonstarter.

P.J. was coming off a dismal 1-11 record in his first season in the Mid-American Conference and was going through a divorce. As Heather heard from their mutual friend: P.J. is like, I cannot handle any more rejection. Im not doing it.

Heather was like, well, fine: No way am I asking out a 1-11 divorced head coach. But then she did. I literally went to his office one day and told him to get in the car.

They traveled 50 miles north to Roses, a lakeside restaurant in Grand Rapids. At that point, we werent super public, Heather said. That was our safe zone.

Heather said she helped P.J. through his divorce, and P.J. said one of the first gifts he got her was a Superwoman T-shirt. They wed in Hawaii in February 2016.

Fleck won eight games in consecutive years in 2014-15, and his on-field success spiked to 13 wins and a MAC championship in 2016. They fell short in a Cotton Bowl loss to Wisconsin on Jan. 2, a Monday.

Fleck, who had plans with Heather to build a house on Gull Lake outside Kalamazoo, was going to sign a 10-year contract at Western Michigan that Tuesday. Thats when Gophers athletics director Mark Coyle called. They interviewed on Wednesday, were offered the job on Thursday and arrived in Minnesota on Friday.

As the Flecks deliberations on the job stretched to 3:30 a.m. one morning, Heather asked P.J.: Does it scare the hell out of you?

Yes.

Then we go, replied Heather, a Michigan native who had never been to Minnesota outside of one girls shopping trip to the Mall of America.

Flecks first year with the Gophers was rough. One low point was a 33-10 blowout loss to unranked Michigan at the Big House. His defense couldnt stop the Wolverines rushing attack and he had to suspend a player for throwing a punch.

The Gophers went 5-7 that first season and some players bucked against Flecks culture. During one small-group media session, when the questions about Xs and Os were running out, he was asked about his competitiveness. He said, Ask Heather.

Their competitions stretch from making the bed with an almost militaristic attention to detail to playing catch in their yard in Edina. Heather was a three-sport athlete point guard in basketball, setter in volleyball and shortstop/center fielder in softball at tiny Gobles High School outside Kalamazoo. P.J. was a star in football, basketball and track at Kaneland High outside Chicago.

Heathers childhood home had a pool table, and she got really good.

As we would play and I would beat him, he would get so mad, Heather said. She then taught him how to play. That backfired when P.J. won. He doesnt consistently beat me, she said, but in the last year, hes able to beat me.

Heather has a special way of toning down P.J.s red-lining highs when he comes home some evenings. If I call him Coach when he gets home, he knows he better dial it down, Heather says with a laugh. He doesnt have an off switch, but there are days when Im like, Coach, you are at like a 12. I need you to be at like an eight for a little while.

Heather makes custom Shutterfly photo books each year; the hardbound copies have sat on the coffee table in Flecks office. Each has 1,000 photos laid out over 100 pages, with all the highlights, from last Novembers upset of No. 4 Penn State, where fans stormed the field at TCF Bank Stadium, to knocking off No. 9 Auburn in front of a majority Gopher crowd at the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., on New Years Day.

Their 2019 book, however, doesnt mention losses to Iowa or Wisconsin Especially because its those two teams, said Heather, showing how shes grown into the Us most-heated rivalries.

When I first got here, finding my purpose was really tough, Heather said. Ive never not had my son with me. Ive never not worked. When we were in Michigan, I still had my own identity. In Minnesota, she said,I was walking into a new team, where I wasnt like a mom to these (players) yet. Our kids are in two different states.

Heather said their kids are in Minnesota a few times a month and in the summers, half of Christmas, spring breaks and other times. She commended parents on the other side for working around their chaotic schedules.

Trying to break the ice with his new team, P.J. had an idea: a Tattoo Night, where players could get up in front of the team to talk about what their ink means to them.P.J. wanted Heather to help lead the way.

Of course, I was immediately like, No way. They are way too personal. I dont even know the guys yet. We just got here, she said. Then I thought to myself, How am I going to tell these guys that Im going to be like a second mom to you, (that) I can relate and I can help you, if Im not real about myself?

One of Heathers most-meaningful tattoos is a lotus flower on her ribcage. The aquatic perennial starts in the mud and grows through the water and flowers on the surface. It kind of symbolized that no matter what you go through, you can make something beautiful of your life, she said.

Roughly 30 players shared their own stories. Hickcox approached Heather afterward and thanked her for sharing her stories.

P.J. and Heather had recruited Hickcox to Western Michigan for the 2017 class and invited Hickcox to accept a scholarship offer at Minnesota. P.J. had previously told the prospect from Rockford, Ill., that the coach would always be there for him. It wasnt a recruiting ploy.

When Hickcoxs father, Luke, passed away from pancreatic cancer in September 2016, Hickcox said Heather and P.J. received NCAA waivers to go to the funeral. That meant a lot to me, he said.

Hickcox knew P.J.s son, Colt, had died of a heart condition in 2011, and he could see Heather was a natural caregiver.

Noah has since gotten tattoos on his arm and chest, including the same cross his dad had on his own arm, but Noah added Lukes hand holding it. Its always a constant reminder that he is holding me through any tough time that we go through as a family or myself personally, he said.

When the Gophers defensive line visited to the Flecks house for a position-group function, Noah and Heather spent an hour talking about their tattoos.

I think its always good to have people that you can go and talk to that arent necessarily on the football side, Hickox said. Our coaches do a great job of being able to take the coaching hat off, but there is always going to be that in the back of your head: Im talking to my position coach. Im talking to my head coach. So, to be able to text her and say, OK, Im going through this. Thats huge.

Heather has 14 tattoos and is working on a colorful sleeve on her left arm. Two big flowers represent her and P.J., smaller ones represent their children, and the smallest flowers represent players that have been like kids to me, she said.

At 40 years old, I decided that I wanted a sleeve my whole life but Ive always been very reluctant just because of perception, Heather said. P.J. is the greatest at being yourself. Do you. Be you.

Heather says she communicates with about 10 to 15 current players regularly. Over the past few years, that included running back Shannon Brooks, who dealt with an ACL tear, the death of his mother and an off-field incident with a roommate that involved police. Back at Western Michigan, Heathers list included receiver Michael Henry.

Henry didnt know why she gravitated to him, so he asked her. Henry, who grew up in Flint, Mich., recalled her saying, Your story. You are a kid Ive seen come from being all the way at the bottom and climbing your way to the top, never giving up.

Henry traveled to Minnesota for the Gophers upset of Penn State last season. He watched the game with Heather on the suite level of TCF Bank Stadium and joined the sea of people on the field afterward.

She is calling out plays. She knows guys numbers, Henry said. She is not one of those that dont know the plays. She is, Cmon, ref! She is hyped. She is watching the game; she is not on her phone. She is tuned in, and I love it.

Heather will reach out to Henry in Kalamazoo, wishing happy birthdays to him and his 8-year-old son. When Henry calls, Heather answers. Its just a beautiful relationship, he said. Its a forever relationship.

Jill Evenocheck could see Heather fall in love with the Ronald McDonald House in 2017. Heather started volunteering at their primary Twin Cities location on the Us campus, and the football team has provided Thanksgiving meals to all families using their services as their children battle health issues.

Heather Fleck was appointed to the local Ronald McDonald House board of directors last November.

She has a really good business mind, a good set of strategic skills, but also enjoys getting down into the details, Evenocheck said. After every meeting with her, we have something new to reach for. New ideas, new goals and a better way to serve families.

One of Heathers ideas: When donors give money, Ronald McDonald House had been on the hook for merchant fees in the credit-card transactions, so why not ask donors if they would be willing to cover those costs? Now about 90 percent of donors chip in that extra amount, Evenocheck said.

Over the past four years, Heather has become a friend. She is an open book, Evenocheck said. She is accepting of everyone. She sees the talent and value in everyone. She serves the families as if its her job on Earth to do. She is such a well-rounded, giving person that has made a real mark on our community in quick time.

At the University of Minnesotas Masonic Childrens Hospital, Heather first bonded with 8-year-old cancer patient Megan Wagner when they got matching unicorn face-paint at a football event in April 2019. They stayed in touch for months, and when Megan went on life support last November, Heather was in the hospital room five days that week.

Andrea and Heather have become very close. As Heather was busy this week getting ready for Saturdays game, she FaceTimed to check in with Andrea on Wednesday night. This isnt rare. Their chats might be to see how Megan is doing now cancer-free and back home in Maple Grove. They might be something breezy, like Heathers new nails, or something serious like when Andrea learned of another cancer diagnosis within the family.

I honestly dont think Ive met someone in a public figure that has as much heart, compassion and empathy, Andrea said. I want people to know what a gift she is and to the whole state of Minnesota.

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Oct
23

Reflect on the First Season – Beautiful Game Network

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Hello and Welcome to our first season recap. Marisa, Chris, and Alan pay tribute to a podcasting legend and then catch up after a week off. They talk about what beverage they are enjoying which leads to some fun discussions from the comment section.

There is an acknowledgment of the Phoenix Rising updates, but they didnt want to spend too much time on something negative. Instead they focused on the season that was.

After that they gave their grades for the season as a whole. Chris brought up some good points regarding grading the first season.

Next they shared stories of their favorite memories from the season. It included listener Afmirs tattoo as well as talk of a bet for next year. Alan shares that he hates needles. If you want to walk down memory lane, this is a great section to recount all of the fun stuff that happened.

After that, they talked about their favorite matches and favorite goals. They took some questions live which took the conversation into some fun areas and guessing games to close our their first season recap.

Lastly, they talked about the two conference championships upcoming. They picked their winners and gave suggestions on what to watch for.

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Oct
23

Stephen Curry & His Blonde-haired Wife Ayesha Get New Tattoos Together See Their Ink – AmoMama

Famous American basketball star Stephen Curry and his blonde-haired wife, Ayesha Curry, accompanied each other to get new tattoos. Videos from the tattoo session were posted on the tattoo artist's Insta story.

American basketball player Stephen Curry and his beautiful wife, Ayesha Curry, were seen getting new tattoos in a series of videos posted by the tattoo artist on herInstaStory.

The videos showed the couple in the tattoo parlor sitting and lying still as the tattoos were intricately inked on their bodies. Ayesha sat at a table in one of the clips while the tattoo artist worked away on her arm as Stephen stood watching.

Anothervideogave an up-close view of Ayesha's procedure as she sat with her arm stretched out in front of her and rested on a rectangular cushion. Her other hand was resting delicately on her lap as she watched the work being done.

In the two othervideos, the basketball star reclined on what looked like a settee, while the same tattoo artistinkedthe left side of his body. He was shirtless as the work was being done and held on to his phone to tape the moment.

Stephen and Ayesha are not new to taking trips to the tattoo parlor. In December 2019, the pair got beautifulmatching tattoosin honor of their three children.

Inked on the side of Stephen's leg wasa horse that representedhis oldest daughter Riley. The next wasa butterfly, which stoodfor his second daughter Ryan and the last was a wolf, which represented his last son Canon who they called "young wolf."

Though Stephen has only a few small-sized tattoos, each one of them has itsdeep meanings. His first tattoo was on his wristand it is a Hebrew phrase from 1 Corinthians 13:8, which reads, "love never fails." Ayesha also has a matching tattoo.

Among many others, the couple got a "greater than and lesser than" matching tattoowhich Stephen explained reminded him to live in the moment. Simultaneously, he got another tattoo that read "WOE," which meant "Working On Excellence."

Stephen and Ayeshametin a church youth group in Charlotte, North Carolina when they were much younger. The pair, however, did not start dating then and eventually went their separate ways.

Years later, they reconnected when Stephen was in college while Ayesha was an aspiring actress. The lovebirds finally went on their first date on Hollywood Boulevardand after a little back and forth, they tied the knot.

Over the years, the couplehasbeen avid supporters of each other, come what may. A clear instance was when Ayesha changed her naturally brown hair to a new platinum blonde look. Several fanstorethe mother of three down for looking like a "white woman."

Stephen immediately came to her defense with a wholesomemessagein the comments where he called her beautiful and told her not to let anyone tell her differently. He also added that she should just do her thing, no matter what the "meanies" had to say.

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Oct
23

Tattoos and the Pandemic: Here’s How to Stay Safe While Getting Inked – Study Breaks

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So, youre sitting in front of your laptop, half-listening to your professor click through a painfully boring presentation. Your camera is off. Youre on mute. You decide to doodle. Before you know it, youve given yourself the tattoo of your dreams. In a flash of pure inspiration, you decide that now is the time that you will finally get it. You will commit to inking your body permanently.As the wearer of many tattoos, I will freely admit that I have succumbed to this train of thought. The stick-and-poke pine tree on my ribcage is the undeniable evidence.

But during the pandemic, the tattooing industry, like so many other aspects of our lives, has had to radically alter the way they do business. Below are a few important things to consider before you take the plunge and get a tattoo during COVID-19.

Deciding on a piece of art to permanently tattoo on your body is a decision that needs at least some thought. Now more than ever, having a tattoo in mind is critical before the booking and execution of your appointment. Walk-ins are officially a thing of the past.

The key to safe COVID-19 tattooing is limiting the amount of time that the client and the tattoo artist spend breathing the same air. Unfortunately, this most directly relates to impromptu tattoo parlor visits. Anything unplanned is unsafe.

But not all hope is lost for all you tattoo fiends with low impulse control. More and more often, tattoo artists are offering same-day availability. Prospective customers are encouraged to call the parlor on the day they wish to get inked, and they can find out if an artist has an immediate opening.

But eager beavers beware! Tattoo artists are humans, and busy ones at that. Unless they specifically mention that Instagram direct messages are their preferred method of communication, most artists will not appreciate people sliding into their DMs.

This one is short and sweet. Think about the PPE that you wear on a daily basis. Masks, gloves and copious amounts of hand sanitizer are the norm nowadays. That means you might want to reconsider those hand or face tattoos you were dreaming of. Other than that, do your research and then go to town.

I wont lie, I have a whole list on my phone of all the tattoo artists who I would love to be tattooed by. But in terms of COVID-19 safety, choosing the artist who gives you your ink has taken on a whole new meaning. Different parlors have varying coronavirus guidelines.

While state legislatures are generally laissez-faire with tattooing regulations, a few things have become the standard for receiving a tattoo during the pandemic. At the very least, expect that parlors will have you wear a mask while you get tattooed.

Since even before the pandemic, tattoo artists have consistently practiced safe hygiene due to the risk of allergens, blood-borne pathogens and other cross-contamination risks. Tattoo parlors are already incredibly clean places of work. However, additional COVID-19 safety measures have been put in place to further reduce the risk of transmission.

You cant bring friends. Its sad, but true. Emotional support buddies are a no-go. Perhaps you can bring a cuddly stuffed animal instead? Facetime is always an option too.

You will probably be asked to hold still while they take your temperature with a temperature gun.

Has your tattoo artist taken a COVID-19 test recently? If so, when?How many clients does your tattoo artist see in a day? For how long?How many other artists (if any) are there in the parlor?Will you be receiving the tattoo in an enclosed, private room?What precautions are being taken by the parlor against transmission of COVID-19?

It is necessary to note that while tattoo parlors are primed to bounce back from the pandemic-induced recession, they are not immune. Artists may increase their minimums. This means there will be a baseline price for a tattoo and it will increase as you move up the price ladder. Artists might also change the style or type of tattoos they perform. Its generally a good idea to research the style of your prospective tattoo and base your choice of artist on that.

In short, the pandemic has irrevocably changed our lives. Above all, it is critical to make sure that you practice the correct safety measures while getting a tattoo during COVID-19. Yes, the pandemic has affected the industry. We must shift the way we receive (and give) tattoos. But with proper precautions, we can still pursue our various dreams dream tattoos included.

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Oct
23

Warning as interest in home piercing grows almost 600 per cent – MyLondon

Lockdown has stopped us doing many things, and some piercings are still too dangerous for the pros to undertake.

And it seems that we are turning to DIY piercings according to research from jewellerybox:

Searches for home piercing kit increased 576 per cent during lockdown, with searched for how to pierce your own ears up 133 per cent and 'piercing ears at home' up 244 per cent.

Tattooists and body piercers are currently strongly advised not to tattoo or perform a body piercing that will bring them within the highest risk zone of their clients.

For tattooists and body piercers it is defined as the area on the face, the throat and the front of the neck where respiratory droplets caused by sneezing, coughing or speaking can pose a hazard from the client to the practitioner and vice versa.

These include:

Daena Borrowman, at Jewellerybox.co.uk said: Trying to pierce yourself at home, without proper equipment and health and safety measures is extremely dangerous. I understand that many people are opting for DIY beauty methods, but many would consider DIY piercings as one step too far.

"If you're not careful you can shatter cartilage on impact which could leave you with irreversible lumps and increased chance of jewellery rejection. Not only this, but your piercing can end up uneven, in the wrong place and of course, in the worst case scenario, infected.

"It is always better to go to an experienced and qualified piercer to get the safest and best experience overall.

"The rise in people piercing their own bodies is a concern and isnt something wed advise you do at home. To be safe, you would at least need sterilising equipment and liquids, the professional needles, the right type of jewellery and gloves.

Recent research from jewellerybox also reveals that the Septum piercing is the most popular piercing in the world, which falls into the high risk piercing category:The Top 10 World's Favourite Piercings

Rank

Piercing

Body Part

Average Monthly Searches

Three-Year Search Increase

Instagram Hashtags

Overall Score

1

Septum piercing

Nose

162,000

-3%

1,902,379

74.66

2

Daith piercing

Ear

195,000

84%

268,317

65.51

3

Nose piercing

Nose

123,000

27%

1,368,757

64.11

4

Helix piercing

Ear

176,000

39%

450,787

59.47

5

Ear piercing

Ear

79,000

43%

686,620

48.69

6

Tragus piercing

Ear

126,000

-7%

421,392

45.22

7

Conch piercing

Ear

36,000

108%

241,846

43.71

8

Industrial piercing

Ear

99,000

11%

214,938

40.20

9

Surface Tragus piercing

Ear

1,300

150%

6,505

40.10

10

Snakebites

Lip

4,000

-17%

1,226,472

37.68

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Oct
23

What to stream this week on Telstra TV – Telstra Exchange

Ryan and Janet from the Telstra TV team share their top picks to stream this month on Telstra TV.

New to Telstra TV Box Office this month is the epic live-action adaptation of Disneys much-loved classic, MULAN. Set in Imperial China, Yifei Liu plays Hua Mulan an adventurous young woman whose parents hope one day will bring honour to her family by marrying a good husband. When the Emperor announces an invasion from the North, led by Bri Khan and the witch Xianniang, he orders one man from each family to join their army and defend the country. Having only daughters, Mulans father is compelled to serve despite his ailing health. To protect him, Mulan bravely poses as a man, transforming into a fierce warrior whose legendary story would go down in history.

From David E. Kelley, the acclaimed writer behind Big Little Lies, comes a riveting new HBO miniseries THE UNDOING streaming weekly from Monday 26 October on BINGE.

Nicole Kidman plays Grace Fraser, a successful New York City therapist on the eve of publishing her debut self-help book, a relationship guide. But it becomes clear she hasnt followed her own advice when her perfect life is suddenly thrown into chaos. Her seemingly devoted husband, a paediatric oncologist played by Hugh Grant is accused of a grisly murder. Throwing a very public spotlight on her family as the case goes to trial, Grace is left to pick up the pieces with the help of her father, played by Donald Sutherland.

What could it take to achieve world peace? Thats the question answered in the brand new drama series, BRAVE NEW WORLD streaming now, only on Stan. Downton Abbeys Jessica Brown Findlay plays Lenina, a citizen of the utopian society known as New London where money, privacy and monogamy have been outlawed for the sake of harmony, helped along with a daily dose of a drug called Soma. But when an outsider from the Savage Lands, played by Alden Ehrenreich, is invited into their Garden of Eden and begins to challenge their way of life, it could spell the end of their perfect little paradise. Every episode of the brand new series BRAVE NEW WORLD is now streaming, only on Stan.

Lily James, Armie Hammer and Kristen Scott Thomas star in the lavish new psychological thriller, REBECCA streaming now on Netflix. Adapted from Daphne du Mauriers 1938 classic, the film starts with a sundrenched summer romance in Monte Carlo between the dashing, wealthy widower Maxim de Winter and an innocent young ladys maid. Accepting his marriage proposal, the pair return to Maxs grand family estate of Manderley run by its sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers. But as she tries to settle into her new home, the new Mrs de Winter becomes increasingly curious of, and haunted by, the lingering presence of her fabled predecessor, Rebecca.

Find out more about the new Telstra TV and discover more of what you love.

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Saturday Night Lives Pete Davidson teamed up with director Judd Apatow to write the semi-autobiographical comedy-drama, THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Davison plays Scott Carlin, a tatted-up millennial living at home with his mother Margie (played by Marissa Tomei) and sister (Maude Apatow). Having lost his firefighter father when he was only a boy, hes still mentally stuck in childhood, with ambitions that dont extend far beyond becoming an apprentice tattooist practising on himself and his friends, with varying degrees of success. But when his mother starts dating again and the man also happens to be a firefighter (Bill Burr), it sends Scott into a tailspin leading to a string of bad choices, including trying to break the pair up. Ultimately forcing him to come to terms with his loss and move forward, its a touching take on a millennial coming of age story.

Written and directed by Aaron Sorkin is the powerfully compelling and timely film, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 streaming from 6pm (AEDT) this Friday 16 October on Netflix. During the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, a group of around 10,000 peaceful protestors who were demonstrating against the Vietnam War were confronted by some 23,000 Police and National Guard soldiers. Called upon by the citys mayor in an attempt to prevent the protests, the overreach sparked a violent conflict between demonstrators and law enforcement that saw the organisers charged with conspiracy to incite a riot. The notorious ensuing trial, led by prosecutor Richard Schultz (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), saw the ringleaders including Abbie Hoffman (Sacha Baron Cohen), Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne) and Bobby Seale (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) risking prison sentences to stand up for their civil rights.

Returning this week is the second and final instalment of epic period drama, THE SPANISH PRINCESS with new episodes streaming each Sunday, only on Stan. Continuing the tale of Queen Catherine (played by Charlotte Hope) and Henry VIII (Ruairi OConnor), the series set in 1511 shows a handsome young royal couple adored by the people of England and proud new parents of a son, Prince Henry, the future heir to the throne. Forging an alliance with her father, King Ferdinand II of Aragon (Antonio de la Torre) against France, the pair find themselves betrayed when Ferdinand conquers Navarre for himself. And with the sudden death of the young Prince, the heartbroken Queen suddenly finds her relationship with the King under pressure, as her position and loyalty is called into question. But her attempts to prove her allegiance by stepping up to command the army, even as she is pregnant, add further friction to their already shaky marriage.

Back for its sixth season this week on BINGE is fan-favourite FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, with episodes streaming weekly from Monday 12 October. Finding themselves now spread out between the separate settlements run by Virginia (played by Colby Minifie), our survivors are now attempting to follow Morgans (Lennie James) apparent final wishes to Just Live. For some, that means fighting back against the Pioneers who forcibly took control, while others will choose to adjust and find equilibrium within their new communities. But did Ginnys gunshot really spell the end for Morgan? And what will she do when she finds out?

Powerfully thought-provoking and incredibly moving, death row drama CLEMENCY available now on Telstra TV Box Office is a must-see. In a career defining role, Alfre Woodard plays Bernadine Williams, a prison warden conflicted and consumed by years of carrying out state-sanctioned killings of those deemed guilty beyond appeal or amnesty. When a mishandled execution leads to the torture of an inmate, Bernadine is left suffering from nightmares, struggling to sleep and fighting with her husband (Wendell Pierce) who urges her to leave the job for the sake of her mental health. But keeping it together at work, Bernadine carries on her responsibilities, vowing to treat those in her charge with dignity and respect until the very end. As the fateful day approaches for convicted cop killer Anthony Woods (Aldis Hodge) whose innocence is still strongly maintained and protested his lawyer Marty (Richard Schiff) makes a final appeal for clemency with the states Governor, hoping for a last minute pardon to be granted.

Fans of THE WALKING DEAD have been waiting six long months for this, but the season ten finale titled A Certain Doom finally dropped this week on BINGE, after production was halted earlier in the year due to the pandemic. At least, it was originally intended to be the season finale, before the producers announced at a virtual Comic-Con back in July that they would be further satisfying the appetite of #DEADicated fans by extending the current season with another six episodes due to air in early 2021 if everything goes to plan. And the wait was certainly worth it, providing a thrilling conclusion of sorts to the all-out Whisperer War that has spanned the entire season. With impressive scale and special effects, and what appeared to be the largest horde of walkers weve seen to date surrounding the hospital our survivors were hiding out in, the gore and horror was amped up to eleven in this episode and certainly wont disappoint.

You might look at your voice-activated smart speakers a little differently after watching NEXT, the chilling new sci-fi thriller streaming weekly from 7 October on Foxtel Now and Telstra TV Box Office. Mad Mens John Slattery stars as Paul LeBlanc, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence who is called on by the FBI to help investigate the mysterious death of scientist, Dr Weiss. Hospitalised with critical injuries after a car accident involving a seemingly hacked vehicle, his life support systems are then remotely overridden resulting in his death. However, agent Shea Salazar (played by Fernanda Andrade), who was close with Weiss, is in possession of a video made by the late doctor where he raised concerns about being targeted online even stumbling across some suspicious code that LeBlanc later recognises as his own. Belonging to an advanced, quarantined A.I. project called NEXT, developed by his brothers (Jason Butler Harner) tech company, theres a concern that the human-level intelligence has escaped, is evolving and could lead to a worldwide cyber catastrophe.

Ethan Hawke stars in the critically acclaimed new series, THE GOOD LORD BIRD streaming now, only on Stan. Adapted from the bestselling novel of the same name by James McBride, this seven-part series begins in 1856 and is based on famed abolitionist John Brown, who led a diverse squadron of soldiers during the time of the Kansas Border War over the legality of slave ownership. Joining his ranks is Onion (played by Joshua Caleb Johnson), a fictionalised character of a young slave boy whom Brown frees from the violent Dutch Henry Sherman (David Morse). Initially mistaken for a girl and given a dress to wear, Onion finds the disguise helps him evade capture while on the road. As they journey and banter together across the country in their crusade to end slavery, Browns men eventually initiate the 1859 raid on an armory in Harpers Ferry in Virginia that ultimately triggered the onset of the US Civil War.

For a whimsical comedy the whole family can enjoy, check out the delightfully charming THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Directed by Armando Iannucci and based on the semi-autobiographical Charles Dickens classic, the film is set in 1840s England and stars Dev Patel in the lead, with Ranveer Jaiswal playing his younger counterpart. Davids picture-perfect childhood is thrown into chaos when his widowed mother marries the abusive Mr Murdstone (Darren Boyd), who sends the young boy off to work in a bottling factory in London. When his mother dies something hes only informed of after shes already buried the orphaned David goes to live with his wealthy Aunt Betsey (Tilda Swinton) and her kooky boarder, Mr Dick (Hugh Laurie), inviting into his life a cast of colourful characters including love interest Agnes (Rosalind Eleazar), snobbish school friend Steerforth (Aneurin Barnard) and the villainous lawyer Uriah Heep (Ben Whishaw).

Prepare to be utterly gobsmacked by the worlds most dangerous water park with the insanely enjoyable nostalgia-inducing documentary CLASS ACTION PARK, streaming now on BINGE. For kids who grew up in the 1980s and 90s in New Jersey, the infamous Action Park was a place where summer memories were made. The rides were designed without any regard to logic, safety or even the laws of physics and the park was run mostly by intoxicated teenagers, who also made up the bulk of the parks patrons. To get around insurance requirements, the parks owner even invented his own insurance company based in the Cayman Islands! Sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? Narrated by comedian John Hodgman, the filmmakers piece together video recordings from the time, interviews from employees and guests, unearthed documents and animations to illustrate just how shockingly crazy the rides really were.

With the 2020 US presidential election only a month away, take a behind-the-scenes look into the scandal that helped Trump secure the presidency with THE COMEY RULE, streaming now on Stan. Based on the bestselling book by former FBI Director James Comey, the two-part series stars Jeff Daniels as Comey and recounts the controversial events leading up to and following the election of Donald Trump, played with brilliant nuance by Brendan Gleeson. Starting with his appointment by then President Obama, the personable and idealistic Comey begins a warranted investigation into candidate Hillary Clintons misuse of a private email server while acting as Secretary of State. While she was ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing, public statements made by Comey regarding the Bureaus investigation were seen to ultimately impact the election outcome and we see how these well-intentioned decisions weighed on the investigating agents, the director and his family. Meanwhile, a separate case looking into Russian interference in the election is opened, with Trump and his inner circle implicated and made even more complicated by the new presidents demands for loyalty from Comey, as well as his administrations astounding ignorance of protocols and norms.

Returning for its highly anticipated fourth season after production was suspended due to the pandemic earlier this year is THE GOOD FIGHT, streaming weekly each Wednesday from 9:30pm on SBS on Demand. More timely than ever, this finger-on-the-pulse legal drama follows law partner Diane Lockhart (played by Christine Baranski) and her colleagues Adrian (Delroy Lindo), Liz (Audra McDonald) and Lucca (Cush Jumbo) at the mostly African-American, left-leaning firm of Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart. With the season one pilot being filmed just as Trump was inaugurated as President, past seasons have focused on Dianes growing frustrations and unease with the state of the country even going so far as to join a Resistance group last season. This season begins with Dianne awaking to find herself in an alternate reality where Hillary won the election. However, it isnt quite the utopia she was expecting, with the unexpected side effect of the #MeToo movement having never happened. The team also face the challenges of being taken over by a multinational conglomerate and the hamfisted attempts of their new HR department to police cultural sensitivity, while the overarching theme of the season is uncovering the mystery of Memo 618 a judicial conspiracy used to the advantage of the rich and powerful.

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Oct
22

Coronavirus live updates: Free COVID-19 testing offered at Union City BART station – KGO-TV

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.) Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. Here are the latest developments on the respiratory illness in the U.S.: Oct. 19, 2020 5 a.m. Free COVID-19 testing offered at Union City BART station BART is partnering with Bay Area Community Health to offer free COVID-19 testing starting today. There's a new pop-up testing site at the Union City BART Station. It will be open today, tomorrow and Thursday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Anyone can get tested for free. Appointments can be made through the Bay Area Community Health website. Walk-in patients are also welcome. You must wear a mask at the testing site. Oct. 18, 2020 11 a.m. California COVID-19 cases top 867,000 California reported an additional 2,862 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the state's case total to 867,317. California also reported 44 more deaths, marking nearly 17,000 coronavirus fatalities in the state. The state's seven-day positivity rate stands at 2.5 percent, as of Saturday. Oct. 17, 2020 7 p.m. San Mateo County is set to launch a new COVID-19 Compliance Unit on Monday. The team will be tasked with targeting businesses that aren't following state guidelines. San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa said Sunday that the eight-person task force will start issuing warnings to businesses who continually refuse to enforce face masks and maintain social distancing. Read more here.

12 p.m. The San Francisco Giants said Friday they were eliminating roughly 10% of their 500 full-time jobs in the business and baseball operations departments, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. This means about 50 layoffs, in light of revenue losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

11a.m. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the state has 864,455 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed. There were 2,979 newly recorded confirmed cases Friday. The 7-day positivity rate is 2.5% and the 14-day positivity rate is 2.6%. There have been 16,756,711 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 134,755 over the prior 24-hour reporting period. As case numbers continue to rise in California, the total number of individuals who will have serious outcomes will also increase. There have been 16,899 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

8 a.m. SFO kicks off COVID-19 testing program for Hawaii bound travelers Starting today, people traveling to Hawaii can bypass the state's 14-day quarantine restriction by passing a COVID-19 test. United Airlines is now offering the test to its passengers flying out of SFO to the Islands. The carrier was the first U.S. airline to announce that it would make testing options available to customers.

More CA counties move to different reopening tiers Ten California counties were moved to a different reopening tiers on Tuesday. Colusa, Kern, Kings, San Benito, Stanislaus and Sutter counties were moved from "purple" to "red." Alameda, Placer and Santa Clara counties were moved from "red" to "orange." Sierra County was moved into the least restrictive tier, "yellow." Here's what that means.

6:45 a.m. Calif. announces new guidelines for small gatherings Governor Newsom and state officials have announced new guidelines for families as we head toward the holidays. The state now saying you can gather with up to two other households, but say the smaller the number of people, the safer.

New cases: 3,806 (total cases 838,606) 7-day average: 3,047 14-day average: 3,183 Deaths: 67 (16,428 total) 7-day average: 63 14-day rate: 74 7-day positivity rate: 2.5% 14-day positivity rate: 2.6%

5:50 a.m. US reports more than 56,000 new cases There were 56,191 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Thursday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University. The latest daily tally is up by nearly 6,000 from the previous day but is still under the country's record set on July 16, when there were 77,255 new cases in a 24-hour-reporting period. An additional 961 coronavirus-related fatalities were also recorded Thursday, down from a peak of 2,666 new fatalities reported on April 17.

11:20 a.m. Eli Lilly seeks emergency use authorization for COVID-19 treatment Eli Lilly announced it is asking the FDA for emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 antibody treatment. Based on early results, the company says the drug reduced symptoms, the amount of the virus, hospitalizations and ER visits for patients with mild or moderate COVID-19. The drug is similar to one that President Trump received on Friday from another company. Eli Lilly says it could supply 100,000 doses in October.

10 a.m. Committee for Tokyo Olympics cutting costs The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, looking to simplify the postponed 2021 Games, on Wednesday announced new initiatives that will help save an estimated $280 million.

6:25 a.m. Fauci says 300K-400K could die in US before pandemic ends Dr. Anthony Fauci offered a grim image of the coronavirus pandemic, telling students Tuesday that between 300,000 and 400,000 people could die from the disease in the United States. Speaking at a virtual event hosted by American University, the White House coronavirus specialist said: "If we don't do what we need to in the fall and winter, we could have 300,000-400,000 Covid-19 deaths," according to excerpts tweeted by the school.

12 p.m. 10 CA counties change colors on reopening map Ten California counties were moved to a different reopening tier Tuesday, California's health secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced. Merced, Ventura and Yuba counties were moved from "purple" to "red." Inyo County was moved from "red" to "orange." Humboldt, Plumas, Sikiyou and Trinity counties were moved into the least restrictive tier, "yellow." Two counties were moved to more restrictive tiers; Shasta was changed from "orange" to "red" and Tehama was changed from "red" to "purple." See what that means here.

10 a.m. California Liberation Collective activists will gather outside San Quentin to protest COVID-19 deaths throughout the state prison system by calling on Gov. Newsom to release prisoners.

2:45 p.m. Santa Clara Co. announces new COVID-19 risk reduction order Santa Clara County officials announced a new COVID-19 risk reduction order on Monday that will take effect the day after the county moves into the "orange" tier. When the new order goes into effect, indoor dining may begin, however, the county will only allow 25% capacity or 100 people. The same rules will apply for other indoor businesses.

7 a.m. 4 Marin school districts to reopen for in-person learning For the first time since March, four public school districts in Marin County are reopening for in-person learning today. That includes schools in Larkspur-Corte Madera, Reed Union, Miller Creek, and Kentfield. Teachers say they are excited to welcome back students and are decorating hallways with balloons. They say they want to make it comfortable and fun, and to show the kids how much they have missed them.

2:45 p.m. President Donald Trump briefly leaves Walter Reed Medical Center in motorcade to surprise supporters which to some was a surprising move that suggested that his health - and his understanding of the coronavirus - may be improving. Hours earlier, the president's medical team confirmed that his blood oxygen level dropped suddenly twice in recent days. But they also said he could be discharged as early as Monday. You can read more about it here.

5 p.m. Alameda Co. reopening update Alameda County officials announced that starting Oct. 13, elementary schools may reopen. Also, indoor gyms, personal services and libraries may reopen starting Oct. 9 with restrictions.

The state superintendent also addressed the wildfires in the state and said his department is helping to provide relief to several schools that been damaged or destroyed in California.

Thurmond discussed racism and hatred in schools: "We have no tolerance for hate and white supremacy. We will not allow you to tear down our schools and communities."

7:30 a.m. Palo Alto schools move closer to in-person learning Students and staff in Palo Alto are one step closer to in-person learning. The school board voted in favor of this after several hours of debate last night. The plan calls for staggering the return of elementary students beginning in less than two weeks on October 12. Middle and high school students would go back in January. Parents have the option to choose between distanced learning or in-person classes, but under the plan once they make their choice they can't change it. If they don't make a selection, the default will be distanced learning.

11:45 a.m. San Francisco, Contra Costa County change COVID-19 reopening tiers San Francisco is moving into the "orange" COVID-19 reopening tier and Contra Costa County is moving into the "red" tier, California officials announced.

San Francisco officials announced the city will move forward with indoor dining and places of worship at 25% capacity up to 100 people starting on Wednesday, September 30. In addition, San Francisco will expand the capacity of outdoor places of worship, outdoor political demonstrations, and indoor malls, and will reopen additional family entertainment, hotel fitness centers, and more.

In Contra Costa County, officials announced that places of worship, restaurants, movie theaters and museums can be operated indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is less. Gyms can reopen indoors at 10% capacity, all personal care services, including massage, can move indoors. Indoor shopping malls can operate at 50% maximum occupancy (instead of 25%). Food courts can also open following the state's guidelines for restaurants. Indoor retail stores can now operate at 50% capacity (instead of 25%).

INTERACTIVE: Here's the reopening status of every Bay Area county

9:45 a.m. California's top health expert to give COVID-19 update Today, California's top health expert will provide an update on the state's response to COVID-19. On Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly warned we could see an 89% rise in coronavirus-related hospitalizations as a result of Labor Day gatherings and reopenings. (Watch Dr. Ghaly's update live at noon in the media player above)

1 p.m. California reports nearly 4,200 new cases of COVID-19 California reported 4,197 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, according to new data released Saturday by the state. The seven-day average case number stands at 3,443. The state now has a total of 15,532 deaths related to the virus with 134 additional deaths Friday. The 14-day positivity rate is now at 2.9 percent. This is the first time that number has fallen below 3 percent. California now has 798,237 total cases of COVID-19.

11 a.m. San Quentin inmate dies of COVID-19, marking 27th inmate death An inmate at San Quentin State Prison died Friday of complications from COVID-19, the department of corrections announced Saturday morning. This marks the 27th death of a San Quentin inmate related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The prison now has three people who are positive for the virus. The inmate who died Friday has not been identified.

5 p.m. Alameda Co. gives nail salons green light to open indoors Alameda County officials announced Friday they are giving nail salons the go ahead to open indoors after California announced an update to it's four-tier reopening plan earlier this week.

1:30 p.m. 'Early signs' COVID-19 transmission is increasing in California, health secretary says There are "early signs" that coronavirus transmission is on the rise again, said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly in an afternoon briefing. He said he wanted to "raise an early flag" that things aren't trending in the right direction, especially in the Greater Sacramento area and Northern California.

If current trends hold, short-term forecasts predict hospitalizations to go up 89% in the next month, Ghaly said.

We may be starting to see the effects of Labor Day socializing, which was two and a half weeks ago. Increased transmission may also be a result of more reopening allowed by California's switch to a four-tier reopening plan three and a half weeks ago.

"With reopening we know that there's more opportunities for mixing and exposure to others that we're not frequently around," said Ghaly. "We've seen that before and we've done a good job to bring it down."

4:30 a.m. Free weekend COVID-19 testing in Oakland UCSF will provide a weekend of free coronavirus testing in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood, which was hit hard by COVID-19. It's happening Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for people living in the Fruitvale District -- the 94601 zip code.

The site will be at 35th Avenue and East 12th Street. People are asked to register online in advance, but no one will be turned away.

7 p.m. 4 Napa Co. school districts to reopen for hybrid learning Napa Valley Unified School District, St. Helena Unified School District, Calistoga Joint Unified School District, Howell Mountain Elementary School District - announced Wednesday that the districts will open for a hybrid of in-person instruction and distance learning on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. This decision was reached jointly and is based on the guidelines provided by the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy, the California Department of Education and the California and Napa County Departments of Public Health.

5 a.m. North Bay caregivers to rally for more COVID-19 protections North Bay caregivers including nurses and medical technicians will be holding a rally today to demand more protections against COVID-19. The demonstration is set to take place outside Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital at noon. Medical staff say more testing and stronger infection control measures are needed after infected 26 hospital workers and four patients got COVID-19. Caregivers are calling on the hospital to ramp up testing and strengthen safety protocols to avoid another outbreak.

3 p.m. SFUSD gives update on fall learning plan Officials with the San Francisco Unified School District will be giving an update at 3 p.m. Tuesday on its fall learning plan and approval of the proposed learning continuity and attendance plan.

11:30 a .m. 3 Bay Area counties moved to less restrictive reopening tiers Three Bay Area counties -- Alameda, San Mateo and Solano -- have been moved to the "red" category on the state's reopening map. Visit this page for more on what that means. California health secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly also announced that nail salons reopening indoors would now be part of the "purple" tier of reopening and are allowed to reopen statewide.

9 a.m. US COVID-19 death roll reaches 200K The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus has topped 200,000, according to new data from Johns Hopkins University.

6:15 a.m. More counties expected to move up in reopening tiers today California counties will learn their newest color-coded risk tier today based on new average daily COVID-19 cases and positivity rate. This will determine whether counties have to scale back or can push forward in reopening. Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly is expected to reveal the changes at noon.

10 a.m. Bay Area near 100,000 cases of COVID-19 The San Francisco Bay Area reported 820 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, approaching a grim milestone of 100,000 total cases for the region. This includes the nine Bay Area counties and Santa Cruz County. As of Saturday morning, the region had 99,625 cases of coronavirus.

12:30 p.m. Pres. Trump says US to have 100M COVID-19 vaccine doses before 2021 President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. will have 100 million doses of an approved coronavirus vaccine manufactured by the end of 2020. Get the full story here.

12:10p.m. California positivity rates continue to decline, hit new low Some good news: California's 7-day and 14-day positivity rates have hit a new low. They remain under four percent. New cases: 3,630 7-day average: 3,377 14-day average: 3,396 Deaths: 91 7-day average: 103 14-day average: 94 7-day positivity rate: 3.3% 14-day positivity rate: 3.4%

8:50 a.m. San Francisco announces timeline for reopening indoor restaurant dining The city announced it is working with restaurants to reopen indoor dining soon, officials announced Friday. San Francisco is technically allowed to reopen indoor dining right now since it is classified as "red" in the state's four-tier reopening plan. However, San Francisco is opting to take a more cautious approach and wait until it is moved to the "orange" category.

At that point, San Francisco plans to reopen restaurants at 25% capacity or 100 diners, whichever is smaller. That will occur "no sooner than the end of the month," said the city in a press release.

San Francisco was recently moved from "purple" (the worst category) to "red," and needs to remain at that tier for at least two weeks before progressing.

MAP: CA counties that can, can't reopen under new rules

7:15 a.m. The University of California's top health executive is warning campuses to prepare to continue online learning beyond the fall. Dr. Carrie L. Byington, who heads UC Health says to expect at least another year of disruption to university operations. So far, UC campuses have not announced plans for winter and spring. UC Berkeley and Merced are the only two of nine campuses that have started the fall term. Berkeley has reported 61 new cases of the coronavirus since classes began. Merced has reported none.

6:30 p.m. Sonoma County reports outbreak at school, child care facilities Sonoma County has reported 62 cases of COVID-19 at school and child care facilities, a county health officer confirmed Wednesday. This includes 25 students, 10 staff members and 27 parents and siblings. The outbreak spans across early care learning centers, elementary schools and child care facilities in the county.

Three "clusters" have more than five cases of COVID-19 and one "cluster" has more than 30 cases.

Sonoma County's health officer said cases occurred at two facilities in the northern part of the county, seven facilities in the central part of the county and two facilities in the eastern part of the county.

The exposures to COVID-19 occurred "on-site," the health officer said.

The facility with a cluster of 30 cases closed for a two-week period, beginning Sept. 3. To hear more on COVID-19 in Sonoma County, watch Wednesday's briefing in its entirety here.

7:15 a.m. Medical providers in Santa Clara Co. may be fined over lack of testing In the South Bay, private medical providers are being threatened with fines if they don't make COVID-19 testing more accessible. Santa Clara County now requires providers like Kaiser and Palo Alto Medical Foundation to test all essential workers who make a request. Those who don't comply face a $5,000 fine for every violation.

"We believe our schools should be a reflection of our community," Superintendent Nancy Albarrn said in a release. "While we believe in-person instruction is the best option for our students, we cannot ignore the data on viral transmission in Santa Clara County and potentially compromise the health and safety of our students, families, and staff by bringing students back at this time."

3:30 p.m. Officials give COVID-19 update on reopening schools in Sonoma Co. Sonoma County Health Officer, Dr. Sundari Mase, held an online community briefing regarding updates on reopening schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Sonoma County is still in the 'purple' tier of the state's reopening framework, meaning that schools are not allowed to open. However, Dr. Mase said the county will begin reviewing school waivers in preparation for when the county moves to the 'red' tier and stays in the category for two weeks.

2:45 p.m. Trump Administration releases COVID-19 vaccine distribution strategy The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Defense (DoD) released two documents outlining the Trump Administration's detailed strategy to deliver safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses to the American people as quickly and reliably as possible. More details here.

6 a.m. More businesses allowed to reopen in Contra Costa County Contra Costa County's updated health order starts today and more businesses will be able to reopen. Personal care services that involve close contact with the face like facials and waxing can operate outdoors. Racetracks and cardrooms may operate outdoors. Film and TV production can resume. Contra Costa County is in the purple tier on the state's system

4:45 p.m. Additional businesses allowed to resume in Contra Costa Co. starting Wednesday Contra Costa County aligned its COVID-19 social distancing health order with California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, so the county no longer has different reopening rules for businesses and activities beyond what the state requires or allows.

The following businesses are allowed to resume on Wednesday:

6:20 a.m. BART adds more trains, increases service BART is adding more trains as ridership begins to pick up again. Trains will run more frequently during peak commute hours on select lines. BART says this is the largest weekday service increase since the pandemic hit. Service hours will remain the same - 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.

California COVID cases for today: New: 4,107 (750,298 total) 7-day average: 3,294 14-day average: 4,033 Deaths: 162 (14,251 total) 7-day positivity rate: 3.6% 14-day positivity rate: 3.9%

10a.m. AstraZeneca to resume vaccine trial after pause due to reported side-effect Oxford University says trials of a coronavirus vaccine that it is developing with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca will resume, days after being paused due to a reported side-effect in a patient in the U.K. In a statement, the university said in large trials such as this "it is expected that some participants will become unwell and every case must be carefully evaluated to ensure careful assessment of safety."

4 p.m. Indoor nail, hair salons to open Monday in San Francisco, mayor says Businesses like hair salons, nail salons and gyms will soon be able to operate inside in San Francisco at limited capacity, Mayor London Breed announced late Thursday. Beginning Monday, hair salons, barbershops, massage services, nail salons, gyms and fitness centers can resume operation indoors with limited capacity.

Hotels, outdoor family entertainment centers, outdoor movie theaters will also open Monday, but under specific "rules for outdoor gatherings," the mayor's office said.

The mayor also said Thursday indoor museums and galleries may also be able to open as soon as Sept. 21, but will require safety plans beforehand.

State health officials give update on COVID-19 in California Despite smoky skies covering much of the state, California health officials encouraged people to refrain from gathering with extended family and friends in higher risk situations.

"Poor air quality is not a reason to gather indoors," said State Health Officer Erica Pan.

The state is also working on improving COVID-19 test turnaround times, said Pan. Sixty-six percent of test results are reported within one day, and 88% are reported within two days.

2 p.m. Newsom: CA 'getting closer' to issuing reopening guidance for Disneyland, other theme parks Gov. Gavin Newsom says California is "getting closer" to issuing guidelines for theme parks, which have been closed since mid-March and are pushing the state to tell them when they can reopen. Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, SeaWorld San Diego and LEGOLAND California and other theme parks remain closed indefinitely while they await safety guidance from the state. Get the full story here.

8 a.m. 15 schools in Marin County reopen for in-person learning Fifteen schools in Marin County are back open for in-person learning. Lycee Francais in Sausalito is one of the schools that was granted a special waiver. It's now becoming the model for other schools in the county, after working all summer to refine its safety protocols. They include masks, temperature checks, and frequent hand washing. Younger students are kept in pods of about 10 to 12 kids. The older students are kept six feet apart and for families who aren't comfortable with all that, the school is still offering remote learning. Teachers will continue to be tested on a monthly basis.

1:15 p.m. Santa Clara Co. officials give update on reopening Santa Clara County moved from "purple" to "red " or Tier 2 on California's reopening blueprint. Officials gave more details on which businesses can reopen. Watch the full briefing here.

The following businesses and activities are now allowed to resume under the State's framework as well as the County's Risk Reduction Order:

7 a.m. Marin County to stay in Tier 1 It could be a little longer before gyms, movie theaters, and other businesses can reopen in Marin County. The county will stay in Tier 1 of California's new reopening plan. It was set to move into Tier 2, but it was delayed while the state conducts a further review. This means businesses like indoor dining, indoor gyms, movie theaters, churches, and malls could be closed a while longer. Marin Public Heath has requested an adjudication process with state officials before a final determination is made. A final determination of the status regarding Marin's tier standing is anticipated before the end of the week. Read the full story here.

10 a.m. Santa Clara County supervisors discuss COVID-19 health order violation fines The Santa Clara County supervisors discussed health order violation fines related to COVID-19, emphasizing the education part of the ordinance which was passed in August. The county has started to educate the community on ways to stay safe and social distance through outreach programs.

7:15 a.m. Health experts concerned about Labor Day surge Health experts are worried Labor Day celebrations across the nation could spell more trouble for the fight against the coronavirus. This comes as the number of states are seeing an increase in cases tripled in just one week -- going from 10 to 30 states. Experts say it could take weeks to determine how activities over this holiday weekend affect the number of coronavirus cases across the country.

10 a.m. Parking to close at Ocean Beach after large gathering

Parking lots at San Francisco's Ocean Beach will be closed Sunday after more than 1,000 people crowded at the beach Saturday for a Burning Man event.

Mayor London Breed called the actions of the beachgoers "reckless and selfish."

The mayor said the crowd put people's lives at risk and putting the city's COVID-19 progress at risk.

"We've heard people may return tonight. Don't do it," Breed tweeted. "We will be closing the parking lots at Ocean Beach. Law enforcement will be patrolling."

The mayor asked that San Franciscans stay home and stay safe, despite people wanting to get together during the Labor Day Weekend.

11 a.m. California COVID-19 cases top 727,000 California has a total of 727,239 cases of COVID-19, according to latest data released Saturday morning. The state reported nearly 5,000 new cases Friday. The seven-day positivity rate stands at 4.1 percent. A total of 13,643 Californians of died of the virus, the state reported.

9 a.m. Bay Area cases approach 92,000 Alameda, Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties reported new COVID-19 cases Saturday as the Bay Area approaches a total of 92,000 cases across the region. As of Friday morning, California had a total of 722,283 cases of COVID-19 and 13,490 people had died.

5:45 p.m. Marin County approved to move to 'Tier 2' of reopening Marin County has been approved to move into 'Tier 2' of reopening on Sept. 8. That means indoor malls are allowed to open at 50% capacity, personnel care services are allowed to open indoors and places of worship are allowed to open with 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. To find out what else can reopen under 'Tier 2' click here.

12 p.m. California reports more than 5,000 new cases today California reported 5,106 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and 163 more deaths related to the virus. The average number of new cases over the past seven days in the state is now at 4,775, with today's numbers being slightly higher. California has a total of 722,283 cases and 13,490 people have died. More than 11 million Californians have been tested so far, according to state data.

11:25 a.m. Officials encourage social distancing on Golden Gate Bridge with one sidewalk closed Labor Day The Golden Gate Bridge Highway & Transportation District said its west sidewalk will be closed on Monday, September 7 due to operational needs over the Labor Day holiday. People biking across the Bridge will be redirected to the east sidewalk, which will remain open for bicyclists and pedestrians throughout the weekend. Officials are warning you to be careful with social distancing.

11 a.m. Bay Area tops 90,000 COVID-19 cases The Bay Area has now reached 90,701 cases and the death toll stands at 1,206. There have been 773 new cases and 31 more deaths in the past 24 hours.

6:30 a.m. 15 Marin Co. schools to reopen for in-person classes next week Fifteen schools in Marin County have been granted waivers to reopen for in person learning on Tuesday. The assistant superintendent said they've had great experience with reopening already. They ran programs all summer long in their special education and alternative education programs, which they've been able to learn from. They'll have to follow 30 guidelines to reopen. Learning hubs are being set up in the community for kids that will not being going back. The hubs will provide an environment for connectivity or just having a place in to do work.

"Classrooms look very different. Desks are spaced and we have in some cases areas delineated to let students know that's their area. There's a six foot separation between the teacher and the students that will be maintained. A separation between students will also be maintained. And so all those protocols are in place. It makes the classroom look a little different. In some cases, partitions, clear plexi-glass partitions are being utilized, so students can continue to work in a group environment to be protected from each other. And, outdoor for sure. Schools have really taken a long, hard look about how to utilize the outdoor spaces that we have for instruction, and that's really been a strong recommendation from public health," said Ken Lippi, Asst. Superintendent, Marin County Office of Education.

5:30 a.m. Marin County might move into next tier of reopening Today, Marin County will find out if it can move on to the next tier of the state's reopening plan. New virus cases have dropped enough for the county to qualify for Tier 2 starting next week. If it remains there for two weeks all schools can reopen for in-classroom instruction. There are

We're closely tracking what can and can't reopen in the Bay Area. See the latest county-by-county here:

11:15 a.m. Santa Clara Co. gives tips to stop spread of COVID-19 ahead of holiday weekend The Santa Clara County Health Department is holding a press conference on how residents can stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the Labor Day weekend.

6:30 a.m. Researchers call for more testing of Latinx community UCSF researchers are calling for more COVID testing of essential workers, especially among the Latinx community. A new study conducted at the Mission's 24th Street BART station reinforces what researchers have been saying for months - that Latinx people are testing positive at higher rates that other groups. Demographic data collected during the six-day study revealed the majority of people affected are low-wage earners who live in high-density housing.

Dr. Ghaly is also urging the public to stay home and not join large gatherings on Labor Day Weekend, as beach closures may push more people to have inside gatherings. "We encourage people to have small experiences that are short and outside," he said.

7:15 a.m. Personal services reopen outdoors in SF Personal services like hair salons, barbershops and nail salons have approval to open outdoors in San Francisco starting today. Mayor London Breed is hinting at a big announcement about future plans at 11:30 this morning.

12 a.m. CA eviction moratorium extended State lawmakers and Governor Newsom beat a midnight deadline to extend a bill on eviction moratoriums. The state's moratorium on evictions expired Wednesday and now new protections are in place for renters that will last thru February 2021. Get the full story here.

2:30 p.m. California surpasses 700,000 COVID-19 cases On Monday, California reported 4,147 new cases with a seven-day positivity rate of 4.9%. The state's total now adds up to 704,085 cases. The seven day average of new cases is 5,067 cases and the two-week average is 5,432 cases. Nationally, the United States has surpassed six million cases according to data from Johns Hopkins University. See the latest Bay Area numbers here.

12:30 p.m. SF small businesses to receive delivery of personal protective equipment from state San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced face shields, masks, and sanitizers from the state will be distributed to thousands of small businesses and their workers in neighborhoods most impacted by COVID-19.

5 a.m. 21 schools in Contra Costa Co. apply to bring kids back Several private schools in Contra Costa County have applied for waivers to bring elementary-aged students back into the classroom. The East Bay county is designated as a purple county - which means it has widespread COVID transmission and must keep schools online. Schools are allowed to apply for waivers, although only two waivers have been granted in the Bay Area so far.

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We might be able to make it: Tattoo, piercing shops allowed to operate in California’s most restrictive tier – KCRA Sacramento

EMILY: WALKING INTO THE EXOTIC BODY -- >> SACRAMENTOS VERY FIRST PIERCING STUDIO. WEVE BEEN HERE FOR 30 YEARS, AND THIS HAS DEFINITELY BEEN THE MOST TRYING YEAR EMILY: APPOINTMENTS LOOK A LOT DIFFEREN >> IT HAS COMPLETELY HAD TO CHANGE THE WAY THAT WE DO BUSINESS. EMILY: OWNER, MICHAEL HARE, SAYS HE AND HIS TEAM ARE TAKING EVERY MEASURE TO KEEP CLIENTS, AND THEMSELVES, SAFE. THEY WEAR FULL PPE, HAVE INSTALLED AIR FILTRATION SYSTEMS IN EVERY ROOM, AND PLEXIGLASS BARRIERS. >> JUST GOT THESE IN YESTERDAY. EMILY: ARE THE NEW WAY OF WORKING WITH CUSTOMERS. >> THIS ALLOWS US TO GET CLOSE AND SHOW YOU SOMETHING WHILE STILL HAVING A BARRIER. IT ENABLES US TO BE SAFE AND ABLE TO SEE THINGS CLOSE UP. EMILY: AFTER BEING FORCED TO CLOSE FOR 169 DAYS THIS YEAR DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, HARE SAYS HE DOESNT WANT TO SEE THE DOORS CLOSED, AGAIN. >> IT HAS BEEN FINANCIALLY DEVASTATING FOR US. BEING CLOSED FOR 169 DAYS HAS DEFINITELY DEPLETED MY SAVIN ENTIRELY. EMILY: AFTER BEING ALLOWED TO OPEN THREE WEEKS AGO WHEN SACRAMENTO COUNTY ENTERED THE RED TIER, THE STATES SECOND MOST RESTRICTIVE, MORE GOOD NEWS CAME TODAY. CALIFORNIAS TOP DOCTOR ADDED PERSONAL CARE SERVICES LIKE TATTOOING, BODY ART, AND MASSAGES TO THE PURPLE TIER, T MOST RESTRICTIVE. THAT MEANS IF A COUNTY WERE TO SEE SPIKES IN COVID CASES AND FALL BACK INTO THAT PURPLE TIER, THOSE BUSINESSES WOULDNT HAVE TO CLOSE AGAIN -- A DECISION MICHAEL HARE SAYS COULD MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE FOR HIS SHOP. >> I THINK THAT WITH THE NEW GUIDELINES, WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO MAKE IT. IT DEFINITELY ENABLES US, EVEN IF WERE ONLY SEEING ONE PERSON AT A TIME, IT ENABLES US TO STAY AFLO

We might be able to make it: Tattoo, piercing shops allowed to operate in California's most restrictive tier

State health officials lift some COVID-19 restrictions of personal care services

Updated: 7:17 AM PDT Oct 21, 2020

As California continues to reopen, top health officials are allowing personal care services to operate indoors with restrictions in the most restrictive tier.According to the state, the new guidance applies to esthetic, skin care, electrology, nail services, body art professionals, tattoo parlors, piercing shops and massage therapy in a non-health care setting.Last month, health officials allowed hair salons, barbershops and nail salons to operate indoors with restrictions in the purple tier, the most restrictive of the four tiers. California is using a four-tier color system to outline its reopening plan.On Tuesday, Dr. Mark Ghaly added tattoo and piercing shops, hair removal and message businesses to the list.Those businesses reopened about three weeks ago in Sacramento County when it moved from the purple tier to the red tier, the second most restrictive.Weve been here 30 years, and this has definitely been the most trying year, said Michael Hare, owner of The Exotic Body Tattoo and Piercing in Sacramento. Its completely had to change the way that we do business.Hare said he and his team are taking every measure to keep clients, and themselves, safe. They wear full PPE, have installed air filtration systems in every room and plexiglass barriers are the new way of working with customers.This allows us to get close and show you something while still having a barrier, Hare said. It enables us to be safe and able to see things close-up.After being forced to close for 169 days due to the COVID-19 public health restrictions, Hare said he doesnt want to see the doors close again.Its been financially devastating for us, Hare said. Being closed for 169 days has definitely depleted my savings entirely.After being allowed to reopen three weeks ago when Sacramento County entered the red tier, Hare said the decision to allow personal care services to operate in the purple tier is good news. He said it could make all the difference for his shop.I think that with the new guidelines, we might be able to make it, Hare said. It definitely enables, even if were only seeing one person at a time, it enables us to stay afloat.If a county were to see spikes in COVID-19 cases and falls back into the purple tier, those businesses wouldnt have to close again.

As California continues to reopen, top health officials are allowing personal care services to operate indoors with restrictions in the most restrictive tier.

According to the state, the new guidance applies to esthetic, skin care, electrology, nail services, body art professionals, tattoo parlors, piercing shops and massage therapy in a non-health care setting.

Last month, health officials allowed hair salons, barbershops and nail salons to operate indoors with restrictions in the purple tier, the most restrictive of the four tiers. California is using a four-tier color system to outline its reopening plan.

On Tuesday, Dr. Mark Ghaly added tattoo and piercing shops, hair removal and message businesses to the list.

Those businesses reopened about three weeks ago in Sacramento County when it moved from the purple tier to the red tier, the second most restrictive.

Weve been here 30 years, and this has definitely been the most trying year, said Michael Hare, owner of The Exotic Body Tattoo and Piercing in Sacramento. Its completely had to change the way that we do business.

Hare said he and his team are taking every measure to keep clients, and themselves, safe. They wear full PPE, have installed air filtration systems in every room and plexiglass barriers are the new way of working with customers.

This allows us to get close and show you something while still having a barrier, Hare said. It enables us to be safe and able to see things close-up.

After being forced to close for 169 days due to the COVID-19 public health restrictions, Hare said he doesnt want to see the doors close again.

Its been financially devastating for us, Hare said. Being closed for 169 days has definitely depleted my savings entirely.

After being allowed to reopen three weeks ago when Sacramento County entered the red tier, Hare said the decision to allow personal care services to operate in the purple tier is good news. He said it could make all the difference for his shop.

I think that with the new guidelines, we might be able to make it, Hare said. It definitely enables, even if were only seeing one person at a time, it enables us to stay afloat.

If a county were to see spikes in COVID-19 cases and falls back into the purple tier, those businesses wouldnt have to close again.

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