Los Angeles County, which accounts for over half of Californias COVID-19 deaths, is moving deeper into phase two of the states reopening plan, which lets operations resume at places like barbershops and restaurants. Chair of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors Kathryn Barger told a press conference Friday that state authorities approved a regional variance—a kind of permit that lets counties further open their economies if they meet benchmarks—including around case, hospitalization, and testing data. “Our Board of Supervisors voted to seek a variance from the State to align with the majority of other counties in California,” Barger said, adding, “Today, we got word that Gov. Newsom approved the variance, allowing barbershops, hair salons, and restaurants to reopen.” She said the move represents “monumental progress for Los Angeles County on the path toward recovery.” The variances allow counties to move deeper into phase two of Californias reopening roadmap. The county submitted i..