California tattoo, piercing shops to reopen indoors with modifications

Posted at 3:42 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 18:42:41-04

(KGTV) — California updated its reopening guidance this week to allow all personal care services to open with indoor modifications during the pandemic.

The updated guidance allows personal care services including:

  • Esthetic and skin care services
  • Electrology services
  • Nail services
  • Body art professionals, tattoo parlors, and piercing shops
  • Massage services (in non-healthcare settings)

(California's reopening guidance and restrictions for these businesses can be found here.)

The services may reopen in counties, including those listed in the state's first reopening tier (widespread/purple), with indoor modifications that "create a lower risk environment for employees and the public," according to a state release.

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The California Department of Public Health says evidence has shown that the risk in the newly added businesses can be "sufficiently mitigated with modifications to allow those services to resume."

"As parts of the world and much of this nation are experiencing another wave of COVID-19 cases, it’s more important than ever we take this disease seriously," said Dr. Erica Pan, Interim State Public Health Officer. “Our Blueprint for a Safer Economy is driven by science to keep the risk of COVID-19 transmission low in order to help keep Californians safe while allowing for a safer reopening of our activities. Our approach and pace intend to avoid the difficulties that result from repeatedly opening and shutting down economic activity and tries to balance the level of a myriad of activities and economic areas that are important to all of us. The most important things all Californians can do to reduce COVID-19 transmission are masking, keeping physical distance and avoiding mixing when possible.”

The update was announced a day prior to the state releasing reopening guidance for theme parks to resume operations for certain tiers during the pandemic.