Sacramento, CA – On Tuesday, May 26, 2020 California Governor Gavin Newsom empowered 47 of the state’s 58 counties, including Riverside and San Bernardino, to reopen Barber and Beauty Shops with some modifications.
The governor’s surprise announcement came on the heels of notification from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that attested to the 47 counties having met the criteria for accelerated re-opening including hair salons and barbershops with modifications such as mandatory face coverings for both barbers or stylists and clients.
Limited activities in these facilities include requirements for both the worker and customer to wear face coverings throughout the service which are limited to haircuts, hair coloring, blowouts, weaves and extensions, braiding, lock maintenance, wig maintenance and hair relaxing treatments.
Salon operators are restricted from performing any services that involve touching a client’s face. This prohibits such services as shaving, facial waxing, threading, eyelash services and facials.
Operators and patrons must maintain physical distancing of at least six feet except when providing haircutting and other close contact services.
In addition, owners must provide temperature and/or symptom screenings for all workers at the beginning of their shift and any vendors, contractors, or other workers entering the establishment; while workers and customers who are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 must be encouraged to stay home.
All customers entering the establishment must be screened upon arrival and their appointments should be cancelled or rescheduled if they have any signs of illness.
Nail salons and/or services remain closed and/or restricted at this time.
“Together, Californians have limited infections in our state, and because of that work, many counties may make a decision to restart modified hair and barber services,” said Dr. Sonia Angell, State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health.
Angell, however, was also quick to note how COVID-19 is still present in California communities and residents—are still at risk.
“As we venture outside our homes, it is critically important to keep physical distance, wear face coverings in public, and wash hands frequently to help protect yourself and those around you,” she concluded.
The governor’s announcement on Tuesday followed the governor’s announcement last weekend which included guidelines and authorization for reopening places of worship.
San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman commented about the announcements stating, “San Bernardino County businesses and residents worked very hard and made tremendous sacrifices to make this moment possible.”
Hagman concluded with a word of caution, “The COVID-19 virus is still very present throughout our county. With places of worship, dine-in restaurants, stores, and malls now suddenly open, it is more important than ever that we practice physical distancing, wear face coverings in public, and frequently wash our hands to protect ourselves and those around us.”
Additional information about the state’s COVID-19 guidance is available here. For more information about reopening California and what individuals can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is available at covid19.ca.gov.