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California Gov. Newsom: State identified nail salons as source of coronavirus community spread

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Thursday said that the state’s first case of community spread in the coronavirus pandemic happened in a nail salon.

“This whole thing started in the state of California, the first community spread, in a nail salon,” Newsom said at his news briefing. “I’m very worried about that.”

The governor on Thursday announced that the Golden State would be entering into the second phase of its four-phase reopening plan.

On Friday, businesses in the state that have been identified as low-risk, including some retailers, sporting goods stores, florists and bookstores will reopen with modified operations, such as curbside pickup. Manufacturing and logistics companies associated with these businesses will also reopen.

Nail salons — along with hair salons and gyms — have been labeled as high-risk businesses, and Newsom didn’t give a timeline for their reopening.

California has been one of the hardest-hit states by the pandemic, with more than 60,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 2,500 deaths.

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