California issues new guidance for hair/nail salons, barbershops to move outdoors

Posted at 1:27 PM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 17:20:39-04

(KGTV) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday announced updated guidance for hair and nail salons and barbershops in California that would allow those businesses to shift their operations outdoors amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Last week, Newsom announced the shutdown of indoor operations, including beauty services, as COVID-19 cases across the state increased.

In the days following Newsom’s order, restaurants were able to move dining outdoors, but barbershops and hair/nail salons were not able to do work outside.

During a Monday press briefing, Newsom said the state updated its regulations for barbershops and hair salons for when they are moved outdoors.

Some of the guidelines include:

-- Face coverings required for employees and customers during service; workers should also have access to face shields, gloves and other personal protective equipment
-- Outdoor operations must be under a tent, canopy or other sun shelter as long as no more than one side is closed, allowing sufficient outdoor air movement
-- Temperature screenings for employees; screenings recommended for customers upon arrival
-- Businesses should confirm customer appointments in advance and ask if a customer or someone in their household exhibits COVID-19 symptoms
-- Stagger appointments to reduce customer congestion at business; this will also give business time to clean/sanitize
-- Recommended expansion of operating hours to space out customer appointments
-- Suspend walk-in visits
-- Frequently disinfect commonly used surfaces and workstations
-- Clean and disinfect all electrical and non-electrical tools
-- Ensure any outdoor shade or outdoor working area has the same ventilation and airflow as the outdoors
-- Have designated outdoor area for customers to wait

Click here to view the state’s complete guidance sheet for hair salons and barbershops.

For nail salons, some of the guidelines for operating outdoors include:

-- Clients will be asked to apply hand sanitizer before nail services
-- Employees should wear face shield with face covering when performing service on client’s face or neck areas (when he/she is not wearing face covering)
-- Clients won’t be allowed to have a manicure and pedicure on the same visit
-- Workers must have disposable gloves when performing services
-- Businesses will have to evaluate if plastic partitions can be used between employees and clients; implement social distancing of workstations

Click here to view the state’s complete guidance sheet for nail salons and other personal care services, including massage therapy.