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January 20, 2021

Your State by State Guide for Salons Reopening

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Your State-By-State Guide To Salon Reopenings 

As states begin to reopen, do you find yourself scrambling to stay informed on your local government’s updates? We understand it’s a lot to keep up with, so we’re doing it for you! That’s right. Here’s a list of where every state stands on reopening salon businesses, which we will be updating DAILY. Continue to check back for live updates in real time! If you have updates, please email us at [email protected]

 

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Jan. 13, 2021 Update: 

California 

Salons and barbershops in the Greater Sacramento Region can open today after meeting the ICU capacity criteria for exiting the Regional Stay At Home Order. This includes the following counties: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba. These counties will move back into the color-coded, tiered system “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” which allows salons and barbershops to operate indoors, with restrictions, in all tiers. To read more, click here

 

Massachusetts Update:

Beginning Dec. 26, close contact personal services, including hair salons and barbershops, must limit capacity to 25 percent. Workers and staff are excluded from the capacity limit, which will remain in place until Jan. 24, 2021. To read more about these restrictions, click here.

 

New York Update:

Hair salons, barbershops and other businesses will be allowed to open in designated “Orange Zones” throughout New York State beginning Monday, Dec. 14. The Governor announced the decision at a press conference on Friday, stating that these businesses are not causing COVID-19 numbers to rise. 

 

Personal service businesses were previously forced to close in “Orange Zones” but will now only be closed in areas designated as “Red Zones.” As of today, no area is categorized as a “Red Zone.”

 

Orange Zones Include:

  • Chemung County
  • Erie County
  • Monroe County
  • Onondaga County
  • Staten Island (partial)
  • Westchester County

 

Yellow Zone Clusters Include:

  • Bronx East
  • Bronx West 
  • Brooklyn 
  • Genesee County
  • Great Neck 
  • Hampton Bays 
  • Highland Falls 
  • Manhattan
  • Massapequa Park
  • Middletown
  • Newburgh and New Windsor
  • New Rochelle
  • Niagara County
  • Oneida County
  • Ossining
  • Peekskill
  • Queens – Kew Gardens/Forest Hills 
  • Riverhead
  • Rockland 
  • Tarrytown 
  • Tioga 
  • Yonkers 

 

To find out what zone your neighborhood is in, click here. To see all restrictions on businesses, click here.

 

Find Your State: 

 

Alabama

Salons, barbershops and nail salons have been open, with restrictions, since May 11. The state is currently under an “Amended Safer At Home” with no changes in safety protocols. To read more about Alabama’s COVID-19 health order, click here.

 

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

 

Alaska

Hair salons, barbershops and nail salons have been open since April 24. The state is currently in “Phase III/IV” of the state’s “Reopen Alaska Responsibly.” To read more about this plan, click here

 

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

 

Arizona

Hair salons and barbershops have been open since May 8. To read more about the state’s reopening plan, click here. 

 

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

 

Arkansas

Salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, since May 6. The state is currently in “Phase II” of the Recovery Timeline. This allows personal care services to increase capacity to 66 percent. Enhanced safety guidelines such as facial coverings are still required. For more information, click here

 

To read the state’s sanitation guidelines for salons and barbershops, click here.

 

 

California

Salons, barbershops and other non-essential businesses must remain closed in the regions of Southern California and San Joaquin. The extension is a result of zero percent ICU capacity in both regions. Per the state’s Regional Stay At Home Order, regions with less than 15 percent ICU capacity must close all non-essential businesses. There is no timeline for lifting the order and easing restrictions. Currently, three out of five regions: Southern California, San Joaquin Valley and the Bay Area region are under the Stay At Home Order, affecting roughly 91 percent of the state’s population. To read more about this order, and to find your region’s status, click here.

 

To read more about what has been happening in California, click here

 

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.

 

Dec. 3, 2020 Update: 

Salons and barbershops may have to close again in some parts of California due to rising COVID-19 cases. The state has implemented a new “Regional Stay At Home Order” to help alleviate the strain on the state’s healthcare system. Regions that have less than 15 percent of open ICU bed capacity will have to close non-essential businesses including salons, barbershops and other personal care services within 48 hours. 

 

The state is categorized into five regions:

 

  • Northern California Region Includes Cities: Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity
  • Bay Area Region Includes Cities: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma
  • Greater Sacramento Region Includes Cities: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo, Yuba
  • San Joaquin Valley Region Includes Cities: Calaveras, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne
  • Southern California Region Includes Cities: Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura 

 

To read more about this order, and to find your region’s status, click here.

 

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

 

Colorado

Hair salons, barbershops and nail salons have been open, with restrictions, since May 1. The state is currently using a color-coded, county-level system to ease restrictions on businesses. Hair salons and other personal services are OPEN in levels: “Green,” “Blue,” “Yellow,” “Orange,” and “Red.” Personal services are mandated to close when counties are in the “Purple Level.” Currently there are no counties at this level on the COVID-Dial. To read more about this new system, click here.

 

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

 

 

Connecticut 

Hair salons and barbershops have been open in the state, with restrictions, since June 1. The state is currently in “Phase 2.1” of reopening, which eases restrictions for businesses. Personal care services are permitted to follow “Phase 3” guidance, which allows salons to operate at 75 percent capacity. To read more about the state’s plan, 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

Hair salons, barbershops and nail salons have been opened, with restrictions, since June 1. The state is currently in “Phase 2.1” of reopening, which allows personal service businesses to operate at 60 percent capacity. Delaware has delayed moving forward to “Phase 3”  of it’s reopening plan until further notice. To read more, click here. 

 

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

 

Florida

Hair salons, barbershops and other personal services have been open in all counties since May 18. On Friday, Sept. 25, Gov. DeSantis removed all remaining restrictions on businesses. To read more about the state’s reopening practices, click here.

 

Georgia

Hair salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, throughout the state since April 24. The State Board of Cosmetologists and Barbers has released enhanced safety guidance for Safety guidelines for salons and barbershops, read that guidance here. 

 

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

 

Hawaii

Hair salons and barbershops are open throughout the state, with enhanced safety restrictions. Most of the state, excluding the city and county of Honolulu, is under the “Act With Care” status of the state’s reopening. To read more about the state’s reopening status, click here.

 

After a second shutdown of non-essential businesses, the city and county of Honolulu implemented a new tiered system for reopening the county and is currently in “Tier 2.” To read more about the new safety guidance and the tiered reopening strategy, click here.

 

Click here to read the state’s safety guidelines for cosmetologists and barbers.

 

Idaho

Close contact services, such as hair salons and barbershops have been open, with limitations, throughout the state since May 16. The state is currently in “Stage 2—Stay Healthy.” of reopening To read more, click here

 

Click here to read the state’s safety protocols for close contact personal services.

 

Illinois 

Hair salons and barbershops are open throughout the state, with restrictions. On Dec. 8, the state implemented new tiered mitigation restrictions in response to rising cases. Hair salons and barbershops may operate at 50 percent capacity. The state is currently in “Phase 4” of the reopening timeline but regions should check for specific enhanced restrictions. To read more about the state’s reopening status, click here. 

 

Click here to read the state’s safety guidelines for personal care services in “Phase 4”.

 

 

Indiana  

Hair salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, since May 11. As of Nov. 16, the state has implemented a new, color-coded system for monitoring the spread of COVID-19 by county. All businesses, including  hair salons and barbershops can remain open, but must follow the specific guidelines for their county status. To read more about each county’s status, click here.

 

Click here to read the state’s suggested guidance for personal care services.

 

Iowa

Hair salons and barbershops will be permitted to open May 15, with restrictions. Iowa was one of the few states with no mandated stay-at-home order, but a state public health emergency has been issued. To read more about these guidelines, click here.

 

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

 

Kansas 

Hair salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions since May 18. The state is currently in “Phase 3” of the “Ad Astra: Plan To Reopen Kansas” recovery plan. To read more about this plan, click here.

 

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

 

Kentucky

Hair salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, since May 25. Currently, salons and barbershops are allowed to work at 50 percent capacity and require clients to have an appointment, in addition to other safety guidelines. For more information, click here

 

Click here to read the full state safety guidelines for hair salons and barbershops.

 

Louisiana

Hair salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, since May 15. On Nov. 25, Governor Edwards announced the state would be stepping back to “Phase 2” of the reopening plan in response to rising COVID-19 cases. Salons and barbershops are permitted to operate at 50 percent capacity during this phase To read more about the state’s reopening status click here.

 

Click here to read the state’s safety guidelines for salons and barbershops under “Phase 2.”

 

Maine

Hair salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, since May 1. The state is currently in “Stage 4” of the “Restarting Maine’s Economy” plan, which further eases restrictions on businesses. To learn more about the state’s reopening plan, click here.  

 

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

 

Maryland

Hair salons and barbershops have been open throughout the state since June 1. On Nov. 20, Governor Hogan announced new restrictions to help stop rising cases of COVID-19 throughout the state. Salons and barbershops must now operate at a 50 percent capacity.  To read more about the state’s reopening timeline, click here

 

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

 

Massachusetts

Hair salons and barbershops have been opened, with restrictions, since May 25. To help curb rising cases throughout the state, businesses, including salons and barbershops, must close by 9:30 pm until further notice. The state is currently in “Phase III, Step 1” of the reopening plan, lower-risk communities may follow “Phase III, Step 2”. In addition to specific industry guidance, hair salons and barbershops are encouraged to consult the guidance for “Close Contact Personal Services,” read more here.

 

Dec. 26 Update:

Beginning Dec. 26, close contact personal services, including hair salons and barbershops, must limit capacity to 25 percent. Workers and staff are excluded from the capacity limit, which will remain in place until Jan. 24, 2021. To read more about these restrictions, click here.

 

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

 

 

Michigan 

Hair salons and barbershops have been open, statewide with restrictions, since June 15. On Nov. 18, the state entered a “Pause To Save Lives” status on reopening, but salons and barbershops may remain open with appointments only. To read more about the state’s reopening guidance, click here.  

 

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

 

Minnesota

Hair salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, since June 2. As of Nov. 20, the state has implemented a “Dial Back, Minnesota” stage of reopening until December 18. Salons and barbershops may continue to operate at 50 percent capacity but still requires an appointment.To read more about the state’s paused reopening, click here.

 

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

 

Mississippi

Hair salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, since May 11. The state is currently under a “Safe Recovery Order” allowing businesses to operate at 75 percent capacity while still maintaining social distancing guidelines. To read more about this executive order, click here. 

 

Click here to read the state’s safety guidelines for personal care services.

 

Missouri

Hair salons and barbershops have been open, throughout the state, since May 18. Businesses are still required to follow sanitation guidelines and social distance requirements. To read more about the state’s recovery plan, click here.  

 

Click here to read the state’s safety guidelines for the professional beauty industry.

 

 

Montana 

Hair salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, since April 27. The state is currently in “Phase 2” of their reopening plan, allowing businesses to operate at 50 to 75 percent capacity as long as social distancing is maintained. To read more about the state’s reopening plan, click here

Click here to read safety guidance for hair salons and barbershops.

 

Nebraska

Although the state did not have an official stay-at-home-order, hair salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, in all counties since June 1. The state is currently in the “Blue Zone” of reopening until January 31, 2021. For more information, click here

 

Click here to read the state’s recommended best practices for salons and barbershops.

 

Nevada 

Hair salons and barbershops have been open, with limitations, since May 9. As of Jan. 11, the state has implemented “Mitigation Measures” for certain businesses. However, salons and barbershops restrictions are unchanged. To read more about the state’s phased reopening, click here.   

 

Dec. 28 Update:

The state has implemented “Mitigation Measures” on certain businesses that reduces capacity in addition to other social distancing measures. Hair salon and barbershop guidelines remain unchanged. For more information, click here.

 

Click here to read the state’s enhanced sanitation guidelines.

 

New Hampshire

Salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, since May 11. The state is currently under a “Stay-at-Home 2.0” of their phased reopening plan. On Aug. 28, updated guidelines were released for cosmetology services which now includes blow-dry services. To read more on the state’s phased reopening, click here. 

 

Click here to read the updated safety guidelines for cosmetology services.

 

New Jersey

Hair salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, since June 22. The state is currently in “Stage 2” of their reopening timeline, with no specific date for advancing to “Stage 3.” Personal care services, including salons and barbershops, may operate at 25 percent capacity and by appointment only. For more information on the state’s reopening timeline, click here. 

 

Click here to read the safety guidelines for close contact services.

 

New Mexico

Salons and barbershops may reopen at 25 percent capacity, after being required to shut down for two weeks in late November. The state is now using a color-coded to reopen non-essential businesses. Under the most restrictive “Red Tier” salons and barbershops will be allowed to reopen, at a maximum of 25 percent capacity or 10 customers at one time. To read more about this new tiered system, click here

 

Click here to read the state’s safe practices for salons and barbershops.

 

 

New York

Hair salons, barbershops and other businesses will be allowed to open in designated “Orange Zones” throughout New York State beginning Monday, Dec. 14. The Governor announced the decision at a press conference on Friday, stating that these businesses are not causing COVID-19 numbers to rise. 

 

Personal service businesses were previously forced to close in “Orange Zones” but will now only be closed in areas designated as “Red Zones.” As of today, no area is categorized as a “Red Zone.”

 

Orange Zones Include:

  • Chemung County
  • Erie County
  • Monroe County
  • Onondaga County
  • Staten Island (partial)
  • Westchester County

 

Yellow Zone Clusters Include:

  • Bronx East
  • Bronx West 
  • Brooklyn 
  • Genesee County
  • Great Neck 
  • Hampton Bays 
  • Highland Falls 
  • Manhattan
  • Massapequa Park
  • Middletown
  • Newburgh and New Windsor
  • New Rochelle
  • Niagara County
  • Oneida County
  • Ossining
  • Peekskill
  • Queens – Kew Gardens/Forest Hills 
  • Riverhead
  • Rockland 
  • Tarrytown 
  • Tioga 
  • Yonkers 

 

To find out what zone your neighborhood is in, click here. To see all restrictions on businesses, click here.

 

Click here to read the safety guidelines for personal care services.

 

North Carolina 

Hair salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, since May 22. The state is currently in “Phase 3” of the reopening plan, but personal care services will still follow the safety guidelines from “Phase 2.” To read more about the state’s reopening strategy, click here.

 

Click here to read the safety guidelines for personal care services including salons and barbershops.  

 

North Dakota 

Hair salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, since May 1. The state is currently using a color-coded “ND Smart Restart” program for reopening businesses and monitoring COVID cases. Every county in the state is currently listed in the yellow “Moderate Risk” level. To find out more about the state’s reopening strategy, click here.

 

Click here to read the guidelines for personal care services.

 

Ohio

Salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, since May 15. The state is still using the “Responsible Restart Ohio” plan for reopening businesses. To read more about this plan, click here.  

 

Click here to read the safety guidelines for personal care services, including salons and barbershops.

 

Oklahoma  

Salons and barbershops reopened, with restrictions on April 24. The state is currently in “Phase 3” of the “Open Up & Recover Safely” Plan which allows salons to take walk-in appointments. To read more about this plan, click here.

 

Click here to read the safety guidance for hair and nail salons.

 

Oregon

Hair salons and barbershops have been open state-wide, with restrictions, since June 19. The state is currently using a phased approach to reopening, on a county-by-county basis. Hair salons and barbershops are permitted to open in all phases but must adhere to enhanced guidelines. To read more about the reopening plan, click here. 

 

Click here to read the safety guidance for personal services, including hair and nail salons.

 

Pennsylvania

Hair salons and barbershops have been open, in all counties, since July 3. The state is currently in the “Green Phase” of the reopening businesses. In this phase, salons and barbershops are able to work at 50 percent capacity and by appointment-only. To read more about the state’s reopening, click here.  

 

Click here to read the safety guidance for salons.

 

Click here to read the safety guidance for barbershops.

 

 

Rhode Island

Hair salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, since June 1. Currently, salons and barbershop are allowed to operate under “Phase III: Picking Up Speed” guidance. To read more about the state’s reopening plan, click here.  

 

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

 

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South Carolina

Salon and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, since May 18. The state is continuing to lift restrictions on businesses under the “Accelerate SC Plan.” To read more about this plan, click here.  

 

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

 

South Dakota 

Salons and barbershops were never mandated to close. However, the Governor advises businesses to “resume operations in a manner that allows for reasonable physical distancing, good hygiene and proper sanitation.” For more information, click here.  

 

Tennessee

Salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, since May 6. The state is currently reopening businesses through the “Reopening Tennessee Responsibly” act. To read more about this plan, click here. 

 

Click here to read safety guidelines for close contact businesses, including salon and barbershops.

 

Texas

Salons and barbershops have been open state-wide, with restrictions, since May 8. The state continues to reopen businesses under the “Strike Force to Open Texas” Plan. Guidance for the professional beauty industry has not changed. To read more about this plan, click here.  

 

Click here to read safety guidelines for salons.

 

Click here to read safety guidelines for barbershops.

 

Utah

Salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, since May 1. The state is currently using a color-coded system for reopening businesses, with all counties in either “Navy: High Risk” or “Light Blue: Low Risk” restrictions. For more information on this system, click here.   

Click here to read safety guidelines for personal care services in all restriction levels.

 

 

Vermont

Salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, since May 29. Salons and barbershops are currently allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity and require clients to have an appointment. To read more about this plan, click here. 

 

Click here to read safety guidance for hair salons and barbershops.

 

Virginia 

Salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, since June 1. The state is currently in “Phase 3” of the reopening process. To read more about this plan, click here.

 

Click here to read the safety guidance for personal care and grooming services (pg. 27).

 

Washington

Salons and barbershops have been open, statewide, since June 5. Beginning January 11, the state will begin a new phased approach called “Roadmap to Recovery”. This new system will break down the state into eight regions and will use a metric system for further easing restrictions.

 

The eight regions include:

 

All regions will begin in “Phase 1” which allows personal service businesses, including salons and barbershops, to operate at 25 percent capacity. For more information on this new approach, click here

 

Click here to read the safety guidelines for personal care services.

 

Washington D.C.

Hair salons and barbershops have been open, with restrictions, since May 29. The city has entered “Phase 2” of reopening on June 22. To read more about this phase, click here

 

Click here to read the Phase 2 guidance for personal care services.

 

West Virginia 

Hair salons and barbershops have been open, with limitations, since May 4. The state is currently easing restrictions on additional businesses including bars and nursing homes. To read more about the state’s “West Virginia Strong—The Comeback” plan, click here. 

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

 

Wisconsin 

Salons and barbershops have been reopened, with restrictions, since May 13. The state is currently easing restrictions on additional businesses under the “Stay Safe, Stay Open” reopening plan. To read more about this plan, click here

 

Click here to read the safety guidelines for personal care services.

 

Wyoming

Hair salons and barbershops have been reopened, with restrictions, since May 1. To read more about the state’s COVID-19 response, click here

 

Click here to read the updated guidance for hair salons and barbershops.

 

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