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  • Nail salons in some counties in California may reopen starting from June 19, 2020 if allowed by health officials.

  • The full requirements can be found here. Before reopening, all facilities must:

    • Perform a detailed risk assessment and implement a site-specific protection plan

    • Train employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home if they have them.

    • Implement individual control measures and screenings

    • Implement disinfecting protocols

    • Implement physical distancing guidelines

  • Nail salon specific requirements:

    • Workers must wear face coverings at all times, or a respirator where required.

    • Workers should consider wearing a face shield for eye protection (with a face covering), if available.

    • Customers must wear face coverings during the entirety of the service.

    • Disposable gloves should be worn throughout the entire service and while cleaning and disinfecting all implements and surfaces after each client. Once cleaning is finished, remove, and dispose of gloves and apply proper hand sanitizer or wash hands with soap and water.

    • Pedicure bowls must be properly cleaned and disinfected with an EPA-registered liquid disinfectant that is labeled as a bactericide, fungicide and virucide after every client even if a disposable plastic liner is used.

    • Nail salons should use disposable supplies whenever possible.

    • Any non-disposable supplies must be fully disinfected between customers according to the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology guidelines

    • All single use items, such as cardboard files, sand-bands for drills and buffers, disposable sandals, toe separators, and applicators, must be used once and immediately thrown away in a lined, lidded trash can.

    • Salons should also no longer display nail polish bottles on a shelf and instead ask customers to choose a color from a palette that can be disinfected.

    • Consider whether it is feasible to install a plastic partition between the worker and client with ample space cut out where hands or feet can be slid underneath to conduct the manicure or pedicure.

    • Allow only one manicurist to work at each station and do not allow clients to get multiple services at the same time, such as a manicure and pedicure.

    • If fans are used in the salon, take steps to minimize air from fans blowing directly from one person toward another.

    • Nail salons should consider upgrading existing ventilation to include locally exhausted nail tables.


Statewide industry guidance to reduce risk - Coronavirus COVID-19 Response

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