The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution on Tuesday asking Gov. Gavin Newsom to allow certain local business sectors to reopen that otherwise wouldn’t until the third phase of his plan for reopening the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hair and nail salons, barbershops and libraries were among the businesses and facilities that the board requested  to be allowed to reopen, in addition to outdoor recreation and in-person religious services.

Businesses that fall under Phase 2 of Newsom’s reopening plan were allowed to reopen on Friday with certain modifications, such as non-essential retail stores for curbside or delivery service only.

Newsom said on Friday that Phase 3 could potentially be less than a month away, but no more than three months.

The board has pushed the state over the past couple of weeks for more local control over what is or isn’t allowed to reopen, as the county sits with no deaths from the virus and among the lowest number of confirmed cases.

County Health Officer Dr. Liza Ortiz recently submitted  a form to the state attesting that the county meets all the criteria for a local deviation from the state’s current rules in Phase 2, which would allow for seated dining at restaurants, in-store shopping, and the reopening of offices.

A discussion on the county budget for the next fiscal year was originally scheduled for Tuesday’s special meeting but was delayed until next Tuesday due to county officials being busy with other work related to the public health emergency.

Contact Alex MacLean at amaclean@uniondemocrat.net or (209) 768-5175.