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April 30, 2021

Your State by State Guide for Salons Reopening

Does Your State Have Salon Capacity Limits?

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Your State-By-State Guide To Salon Reopenings 

Now that states are open, do you find yourself scrambling to stay informed on capacity limits and safety guidance? Here’s a list of where every state stands on salon capacity and the most current info regarding health directives. Continue to check back for live updates! If you have updates, please email us at [email protected]

 

 

April 30 Update:

Vermont

Beginning May 1, hair salons, barbershops and other personal service businesses can follow “Universal Business Guidelines” instead of sector-specific restrictions. Stylists and clients must continue to wear a mask and maintain social distancing, which may affect capacity. To read more, click here.

 

Washington D.C. 

Hair salons, barbershops and other personal service businesses can work at 50% capacity starting May 1, 2021. Clients must be seen by appointment only and salons must keep contact information available for contact tracing. Other restrictions include servicing one customer at a time and workstations must continue to be six feet apart. For more information, click here.

 

Find Your State: 

 

Alabama

Capacity: Not Specified

 

Personal service businesses are recommended to use social distancing and appointment-based scheduling. The state is under a “Safer Apart” order until May 5, which ends the statewide mask mandate. To read more, click here.

 

To read Alabama’s reopening guidelines for close contact personal services, click here. 

 

Alaska

Capacity: Not Specified

 

Personal service businesses are recommended to use social distancing protocols. Residents and businesses are strongly encouraged to follow CDC guidelines. To read more, click here

 

On April 27, the city of Anchorage removed requirements for personal service businesses including hair salons and barbershops beginnings May 3, 2021. However, it is still recommended that businesses continue to follow CDC health recommendations. To read more, click here. 

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Arizona

Capacity: 100% 

 

Hair salons and barbershops must continue to follow social distancing guidelines and mask protocols. To read more, click here.

 

To read Arizona’s guidance for cosmetologists and barbers, click here.

 

Arkansas

Capacity: 100%*

 

Hair salons and barbershops are required to maintain social distancing when not servicing clients. The state is currently in “Phase II” of the “Recovery Timeline.” To read more, click here

 

*The state currently does not have capacity restrictions on businesses. Capacity percentages are recommendations only and will not be enforced by law.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

 

California

Capacity: Not Specified*

 

Hair salons are required to maintain social distancing in all areas of the salon including break rooms and reception areas and should operate by appointment only. The state is using the “Blueprint For A Safer Economy” to ease restrictions. To read more, click here.

 

*The state does not give specific capacity limits for hair salons and barbershops. However, major counties including Los Angeles and San Francisco have limited capacity to 75% for Los Angeles and 50% for San Francisco. 

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Colorado

Capacity: 100% 

 

Personal service businesses are required to maintain social distancing. Capacity limits are determined by local public health orders. Local public health officials may use the state’s COVID Alert Level system to implement restrictions, however this is no longer a statewide order. Please check your county’s COVID-Alert Level  here.

 

Click here to read the state’s sanitation guidelines for hair salons and barbershops.

 

 

Connecticut 

Capacity: 100% 

 

Personal service businesses are still required to maintain physical distancing whenever possible. Business owners are able to limit capacity at their discretion. To read more, click here.

 

Click here to read the state’s safety guidelines for salons and barbershops.

 

Click here to read how to properly disinfect your salon, download salon cleaning checklists and prepare for reopening!

 

Delaware

Capacity: 50%

 

Personal service businesses are required to maintain social distancing. The state is currently in “Phase 2” of the reopening plan. To read more, click here.

 

Click here to read the state’s guidance for personal service businesses.

 

Florida

Capacity: 100% 

Personal care businesses must operate by appointment only and stylists must wear a mask while servicing clients. The state is currently in “Phase 3” of the Plan for Florida’s Recovery. To read more, click here.

 

Click here to read the best practices for personal care services.

 

 

Georgia

Capacity: 100%

 

Hair salons and barbershops must continue to require masks for stylists and clients. Cosmetology services must follow “Guidance For In-Person Operations” AND industry-specific guidance. To read more, click here.

 

Click here to read more about the state’s safety guidance for personal care services.

 

Hawaii

Capacity: Not Specified 

 

Personal care business capacity varies by county.  The state is currently at the “Act With Care (Minor Disruption)” Reopening Impact Level but businesses should check their county status for specific information. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Idaho

Capacity: Not Specified 

 

Personal care services must follow social distancing guidelines which may limit capacity. Salons should operate by appointment only and limit stylists to one client at a time. The state is currently in “Stage 3” of reopening. To read more, click here. 

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Illinois 

Capacity: 50%

 

Hair salons and barbershops must follow social distancing guidelines and operate by appointment only. If a client has to remove their mask for a service, the stylist must wear a mask and face shield. The state is currently in “Phase 4” of reopening. To read more, click here. 

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

 

Indiana  

Capacity: 100%

 

Personal service businesses must follow social distancing guidelines and accept customers by appointment only. The state is currently using a color-coded system to ease restrictions by county. To read more, click here. 

 

*County metrics allow for capacity limits that range from 50% to 100%. Check your county’s status for specific guidance.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Iowa

Capacity: Not Specified

 

Social distancing guidelines and appointment-based services are strongly recommended. Businesses are also encouraged to follow CDC guidance. The state did not mandate a stay-at-home order but a public health emergency was issued. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Kansas 

Capacity: Not Specified

 

Personal service businesses must follow social distancing protocols which may limit capacity. Businesses are encouraged to follow their local health department safety guidance. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Kentucky

Capacity: 60%

 

Hair salons and barbershops must follow social distancing guidelines and facial coverings must be worn by both the stylist and the client. The state is using a color-coded system for easing restrictions by county. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Louisiana

Capacity: 100%

 

Hair salons and barbershops must continue to follow social distancing guidelines, masks are strongly encouraged. To read more, click here. 

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

 

Maine

Capacity: 50%*

 

Hair salons and barbershops must follow social distancing guidelines and operate by appointment only. The state is currently using the “Moving Maine Forward” plan to ease restrictions. To read more, click here

 

*Capacity limits are subject to a maximum of 50% or 50 persons, whichever is greater. 

 

For more information about barbering and cosmetology guidelines, click here.

 

Maryland

Capacity: 100%

 

Personal service businesses do not have any capacity limits beginning March 13. However, social distancing guidelines and masks protocols are still recommended. To read more, click here.

 

*Businesses are encouraged to check their local health departments for specific guidance. 

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Massachusetts

Capacity: 50%

 

Close contact personal service businesses must follow social distancing guidelines. Employees and staff are excluded from capacity limits. The state is currently in “Phase IV, Step 1” of reopening. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

 

Michigan 

Capacity: Not Specified

 

Personal service businesses must follow social distancing guidelines, operate by appointment only and close all waiting rooms and areas. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Minnesota

Capacity: 100%

 

Personal care businesses must follow social distancing guidelines and masks must be worn by both the stylist and client. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Mississippi

Capacity: 100%

 

Personal care service businesses are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines which may limit capacity. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Missouri

Capacity: 100%

 

Businesses are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines. Hair salons and other beauty service businesses are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

 

Montana 

Capacity: Not Specified 

 

Businesses are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines and wear a mask. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Nebraska

Capacity: 100%

 

Hair salons and barbershops may operate with no restrictions. However, best practices including implementing social distancing protocols and wearing a mask is recommended. The state is currently in the “Green Zone’ for easing restrictions. To read more, click here. 

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Nevada 

Capacity: Not Specified

 

Hair salons and barbershops must follow strict social distancing protocols that may affect capacity. Stylists should limit services to one client at a time. The state is currently under “Mitigation Measures” to ease restrictions. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

New Hampshire

Capacity: 100%

 

Cosmetology businesses must follow social distancing guidelines which may affect capacity. Stylists may now take walk-ins and waiting areas are now open with social distancing protocols.The state is currently under “Safer At Home” health guidance. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

New Jersey

Capacity: 50%


Personal care services must follow social distancing guidelines and require staff and clients to wear a mask. The state is currently in “Stage Two” of reopening. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

New Mexico

Capacity: Varies By County

 

Close contact business capacity varies but does range from 25% to 75%. Capacity limits are based on the county’s restriction level within the state’s “Red to Green Framework.” To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

 

New York

Capacity: 50% 

 

Hair salons and barbershops must follow social distancing protocols and masks must be worn by both stylist and clients. The state is continuing to ease restrictions under the “NY Forward Plan.” To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

North Carolina 

Capacity: 100%

 

Personal care service businesses must follow social distancing guidelines and masks must be worn by both stylist and client. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

North Dakota 

Capacity: 80%

 

Personal care service businesses must follow social distancing guidelines which may affect capacity. The state is currently at “Low Risk Level” in the “ND Smart Restart” guidelines. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Ohio

Capacity: Not Specified

 

Hair salons and barbershops must follow social distancing guidelines which may affect capacity. The state is easing restrictions through the “Responsible RestartOhio” program. To read more, click here.

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Oklahoma  

Capacity: Not Specified

 

Hair and nail salons should “use their best judgment” to determine the levels of social distancing, which may affect capacity. The state is continuing to ease restrictions under the “Open Up & Recover Safely” plan. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Oregon

Capacity: Not Specified

 

Personal service businesses must follow social distancing guidelines which may affect capacity. Businesses are required to use 35 square feet per person of space as a guide for determining occupancy. To read more, click here. 

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Pennsylvania

Capacity: 75%

 

Hair salons and barbershops must follow social distancing guidelines. To read more, click here.

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

 

Rhode Island

Capacity: Not Specified

 

Personal service businesses must limit the number of people in the salon so that there is six feet between each stylist and client pairing. Pairings may be closer together if barriers are set up between stations. Then, “overall capacity in the establishment is limited to one customer for every 100 square feet (or up to three customers at a time for establishments less than 300 square feet).” To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

South Carolina

Capacity: Not Specified

 

Cosmetology businesses must follow social distancing guidelines and see clients by appointment only, which may affect capacity limits. The state is easing restrictions through the “AccelerateSC” program. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

South Dakota 

Capacity: 100% 

Hair salons and other personal service businesses were never mandated to close. It is recommended that businesses “resume operations in a manner that allows for reasonable physical distancing, good hygiene and proper sanitation.” To read more, click here.

 

Tennessee

Capacity: Not Specified*

 

Close contact businesses are encouraged to implement social distancing practices when possible, which may affect capacity. To read more, click here.

 

*The state does not give specific capacity limits for hair salons and barbershops. However, major cities including Nashville  have limited capacity to 75%.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Texas

Capacity: 100%*

 

Hair salons and barbershops may operate at full capacity. To read more, click here.

 

*County officials are allowed to implement tighter restrictions if hospitalizations are larger than 15 percent but may not limit business capacity below 50 percent.

 

Click here to read safety guidelines for salons.

 

Click here to read safety guidelines for barbershops.

 

Utah

Capacity: Not Specified

 

All businesses must follow social distancing guidelines which may affect capacity. To read more, click here.

 

All businesses are required to refer to the Business Manual. To read, click here.

 

 

Vermont

Capacity: Not Specified

 

Beginning May 1, hair salons, barbershops and other personal service businesses can follow “Universal Business Guidelines” instead of sector-specific restrictions. Stylists and clients must continue to wear a mask and maintain social distancing, which may affect capacity. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Virginia 

Capacity: Not Specified 

 

Personal care services must follow social distancing guidelines which may affect capacity. The state is currently in “Phase 3” of the “Forward Virginia” plan. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Washington

Capacity: 50%

 

Personal services must follow social distancing guidelines and serve customers one at a time. The state is using a phased approach called “Roadmap to Recovery” for easing restrictions, in “Phase 3” of the roadmap, personal services may operate at 50 percent max capacity. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Washington D.C.

Capacity: Not Specified

 

Hair salons, barbershops and other personal service businesses can work at 50% capacity starting May 1, 2021. Clients must be seen by appointment only and salons must keep contact information available for contact tracing. Other restrictions include servicing one customer at a time and workstations must continue to be six feet apart. For more information, click here.

 

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

West Virginia 

Capacity: 100%

 

Hair salons, barbershops and other businesses must continue to follow social distancing and mask guidelines. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Wisconsin 

Capacity: Not Specified*

 

Personal service businesses must follow social distancing guidelines, which may affect capacity. To read more, click here.

 

*Local health departments are able to limit business capacity. Check your local health department guidance for specific capacity limits. 

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Wyoming

Capacity: Not Specified

 

Hair salons and barbershops are still required to follow face mask guidelines for staff and clients. To read more, click here.

 

For more information about personal care service guidelines, click here.

 

Learn how to protect yourself and stay healthy once your salon reopens—click here!