With a hoodie over her ears, a surgical mask over her nose and an eye on the clock — “I have four boys under the age of 12, and they’re home-schooling” — 42-year-old Ally Sample was making up for lost time at her Beverly Hills plastic surgeon’s office on Friday.
“I just have these lines up here,” she said, peering into her cellphone’s camera. “See?”
She touched the space above her eyebrows, tracing yet another downside of the coronavirus pandemic: Stay-at-home orders had blocked her regular Botox injection. That is, until the Beverly Hills City Council came to her rescue this week.
In a decision that aligned a local ordinance with state public health guidance, Beverly Hills on Tuesday rescinded a city moratorium on elective surgery, clearing the way for the city’s cosmetic surgeons to reopen immediately.
Councilman Julian Gold, an anesthesiologist, said the move was prompted by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement earlier that day of a phased plan for reopening the state’s economy for business. Beverly Hills had preceded the state in enacting social distancing regulations, and its March 16 ordinance had gone further than the rest of California in halting medical procedures that might take beds and equipment from patients infected by the virus.