Barbershops and salons allowed to re-open in most most counties with modifications

The California Department of Public Health made the announcement on Tuesday, May 26.


Counties that have confirmed they meet the criteria for accelerated re-opening may re-open hair salons and barbershops with modifications announced the California Department of Public Health in a press release on Tuesday, May 26.

The modifications include mandatory face coverings for barbers or stylists as well as their clients.

State public health leaders acknowledged that California residents staying home and practicing caution when out in public helped flatten the COVID-19 curve. They also recognized that the announcement made today was achievable based on statewide indicators like PPE, testing capacity, hospital surge capacity and hospitalizations, the press release said.

Activities, where workers and customers wear face coverings throughout the entirety of the service, are now permitted.

The activities include haircuts, hair coloring, blowouts, weaves and extensions, braiding, lock maintenance, wig maintenance and hair relaxing treatments.

According to the press release, any salon activities that can’t be performed with face coverings on both parties and that require touching the client’s face, like shaving, facial waxing, threading, eyelash services and facials are prohibited in all counties. Nail salons also remain closed.

“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.

“However, COVID-19 is still present in our communities and we 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,” Angell said.

The new guidance for salons and barbershops says that they must:

-Implement measures to ensure physical distancing of at least six feet between and among workers and customers, except when providing haircutting and other close contact services.

-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.

-Encourage workers and customers who are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home.

-Screen customers upon arrival and be prepared to cancel or reschedule customers who indicate they have any signs of illness.

-Require workers and customers to use face coverings during the entire haircutting and other close contact hair services.

More information about the state’s COVID-19 guidance is on the California Department of Public Health’s Guidance web page.​​​