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September 22, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: California Reopens Salons Indoors

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BREAKING NEWS California Reopens Salons Indoors

After more than six weeks of forced indoor closure, California salons and barbershops will be permitted to reopen in all counties (with modifications) beginning Aug. 31, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday. The state released a new, color-coded monitoring system, the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” for reopening counties and businesses throughout the state. Keep scrolling to read more and a brief overview of what California hairdressers have been experiencing.

 

The new guidance keeps personal care services as outdoor-only in all counties listed as Tier 1: Widespread. Previously, the state has classified esthetic, skin care, cosmetology, electrology, nail services, body art professionals, tattoo parlors, and piercing shops, and massage therapy (in non-healthcare settings) as “personal care services,” but the new blueprint does not list which of these industries are included in personal care services under this updated tier system.

 

Sept. 22, 2020 Update:

Nine counties were approved to advance to less restrictive tiers on Tuesday. Alameda, Riverside, San Louis Obispo, San Mateo and Solano counties were all move from “Widespread” to “Substantial,” allowing hair salons, barbershops and nail salons to operate indoors with enhanced safety guidelines. 

 

El Dorado, Lassen and Nevada counties were moved from “Substantial” to “Moderate.” While Mariposa County moved to “Minimal” which is the least restrictive tier within the state’s system. Click here to find out what restrictions are implemented in your county. 

 

 

A Brief Recap Of Salon Closures:

Salons and barbershops were closed for months during the first lockdown implemented in March. Then, some counties were permitted to reopen businesses for a few weeks in July, but were forced to re-close under a new lockdown order. Days later, Gov. Newsom permitted stylists to resume operations outside under strict guidelines, but after input from the California State Board of Cosmetology & Barbering, services were limited and chemical services were restricted altogether. 

 

Over the past several weeks, stylists and industry leaders have taken to the streets protesting the second round of closures and advocating for the industry’s strong sanitation standards and the right to reopen safely. Click here to read more about the recent protests.

 

Salons Are Now Permitted To Reopen Indoor Services Beginning Aug. 31.

Under the new color-coded system, salons and barbershops are permitted to resume indoor operations beginning Aug. 31, even if they are listed in the most severe tier labeled “Purple: Widespread”. Stylists and salon owners must follow the original guidelines that were released in July and are subjected to any further restrictions that are implemented by their county health department. To read the specific safety guidelines for salons and barbershops, click here

 

To find out what tier your county is in, click here. Choose the county and specific industry to read more about reopening status, guidelines and how long the county will remain under that tier.

 

Note: County health departments do have the authority to halt any further reopening progress for any industry. County health officials can be stricter than state industry guidance but cannot be less stringent than the state. 

 

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