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COURTESY KALEIDO-DP/PIXABAY Montclair residents can go to salons, barber shops and other personal care businesses starting Monday, as well as reserve books for pickup from the Montclair Public Library.

By ERIN ROLL
roll@montclairlocal.news

Monday residents can head to the salon for a haircut and pick up and return library items, as more of the state opens up.

“With the proper health and safety protocols in place, personal care business owners who are anxious get back to serving their customers and communities will have the opportunity to do so,” said Governor Phil Murphy.

On Monday, June 22, the following businesses can reopen: cosmetology shops; barber shops; beauty salons; hair braiding shops; nail salons; electrology facilities; spas, including day spas and medical spas, at which solely elective and cosmetic medical procedures are performed; massage parlors; tanning salons; and tattoo parlors.

Safeguards include:

  1. Limiting services to appointment-only;
  2. Performing health screening, including temperature checks, on clients and staff prior to entry to the facility;
  3. Requiring use of personal protective equipment, and requiring clients to wear face coverings at all times, regardless of the service they are receiving, unless face down on a massage table or where doing so would inhibit an individual’s health;
  4. Ensuring that all staff-client pairs maintain at least six feet distance between other staff-client pairs, unless separated by physical barriers;
  5. Adopting enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices; and
  6. Staying informed about new developments and guidance related to COVID-19.

Also on Monday, the library will begin curbside pickup. To check out a book, Montclair patrons will be asked to reserve a book or other item through BCCLS, or by calling the library directly to reserve an item.

Patrons will be given a date and time when they can pick up their item. Patrons will be asked to drive to a specific parking spot in front of the library. The items will be waiting in a bag tagged with the patron’s name.

Patrons must wear a mask when picking up or returning items, and six foot distance must be maintained at all times.

Patrons can check out up to 10 items at a time, and items can be renewed online. The library no longer charges late fees.

The library allowed patrons to start bringing books back last week, to be dropped off at a bin set up in front of the library’s main building on South Fullerton Avenue.

Health officials in New Jersey are continuing to monitor case trends and data related to COVID-19, as the state prepares to reopen more businesses and activities starting on Monday.

Later this month, shopping malls will be allowed to reopen their interior stores, except for food courts, theaters and arcades. For mall areas that can reopen, stores will have to limit customer capacity, maintain foot traffic patterns, and require all customers and staff to wear masks.

Today’s numbers

On Saturday, June 20, New Jersey health officials reported 210 new cases, down from 516 new cases on Friday, bringing the state total to 168,834.

Officials also reported 22 new deaths, down from 37 on Friday, bringing the state total to 12,857.

As of Friday, the most recent day that transmission and positivity rates were available, the virus transmission rate was 0.70, and the positivity rate was 2.47 percent.

Hospitalizations dropped between Thursday night and Friday night, but the number of critical care patients remained the same, and ventilator use increased slightly.

Hospitals reported 1,125 patients as of Friday evening, with 286 patients in critical care, the same number as the night before, and 238 ventilators in use. This represents a decline from 1,177 hospitalizations on Thursday, and an increase from 231 ventilators on Thursday. Hospitals sent home 109 patients and admitted 57 new patients, compared to 108 discharges and 61 new admissions on Thursday.

On Saturday, Essex County officials reported 13 new cases and 10 new deaths, compared to 26 cases and one death on Friday, bringing the county total to 18,531 cases and 1,761 deaths.

Montclair health officials reported one additional case on Saturday, bringing the township total to 435 cases. The number of people who have not survived remains at 50.

As of Friday there were no new cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, and the number of cases remained at 43.

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