Pennsylvania

  • Pennsylvania reopening (updated June 21th, 2020):  Nearly all counties will be in green phase on Friday, June 26th (except Lebanon County).  Nail salons and other personal care services will be allowed to open on Friday, June 26th when their counties enter in the GREEN ZONE.

  • The PA governor's guidance for businesses that serve the public such as nail/hair salons can be found here.  We noted a few guidelines that may be different from other states.  

    • Limit ​maximum occupancy to 50%.

    • Conduct business by appointment only

    • Require clients and employees to wear face mask at all time while in the salon

    • Clean and disinfect high-touch areas frequently and continue to regularly clean all other areas

    • Establish and implement a business plan in case the business is exposed to a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19. We have created a general plan that you can find on COVID-19 GUIDES

    • Make sure employees have access to soap and water to wash their hands, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. Schedule breaks for hand washing between customers

    • Install shields or other barriers to physically separate workers and customers, or take other measures to maintain social distancing between customers and employees

    • Print, sign, and post the “COVID-19 Safety Procedures for Businesses” flyer on their premises at the common areas and public entrance

    • Make their employees and customers aware of the efforts and commitment to protecting their health and safety
       

  • Philadelphia County (Updated June 24, 2020): ​Hair and nail salons are allowed to open on beginning Friday, June 26

    • The city of Philadelphia publishes general safety checklist for businesses  that includes these key areas:

      • Universal Masking.  Businesses must provide masks for all onsite employees, who must wear masks while on-duty.  Customers and visitors must also wear masks.  Businesses must comply with all other industry-specific requirements for masking and personal protective equipment (PPE).

      • Isolation Protocols. Employers must prevent an employee from remaining onsite if they have COVID-19 related symptoms.  If an employee develops a COVID-19 infection or receives a positive test result, businesses and other organizations must take additional precautions to stop the virus from spreading further, as described in the City’s Guidance for Essential Businesses and Organizations During COVID-19 issued on April 20, 2020.  Employers must report positive cases to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

      • Clear Barriers. Businesses that engage with the public, including at sales counters, customer service stations, security and information desks, and similar locations must install clear plastic barriers between employees and customers and/or visitors that can block the path of respiratory droplets.

      • Distance. Businesses must create and enforce policies that require social distancing onsite and adhere to industry-specific social distancing guidelines issued by the Commonwealth and City.

      • Crowd Reduction. All businesses must manage occupancy and capacity as necessary to ensure social distancing and reduce crowding, and specifically:

        • Retail shopping businesses must limit entry to a maximum of 5 total customers for every 1,000 square feet of public space in the facility;

        • Offices, excluding healthcare providers, must limit entry to a maximum of 5 total persons for every 1,000 square feet of space in the facility; and

        • All other businesses must continue to adhere to any industry specific-orders and guidance regarding crowd-reduction issued by the Commonwealth or City.

      • Handwashing. Businesses must install handwashing stations or hand sanitizer at entryways and outside communal bathrooms for all staff and customers with prominent signage promoting use, and maintain compliance with any industry-specific handwashing guidelines issued by the Commonwealth and City.

      • Cleaning. Businesses must establish protocols and follow them for disinfecting high-touch surfaces, shared equipment, shared seating, or shared tools with disinfectant at least every four hours, and maintain compliance with industry-specific cleaning guidelines issued by the Commonwealth and City.

      • Communication. Businesses must establish and execute protocols for educating employees about symptoms and prevention of COVID-19.  Businesses must post signs prominently at entrances and employee break rooms advising employees and customers or visitors of, at a minimum: universal masking requirements; applicable quarantine and isolation protocols; social distancing; and hand washing or sanitizing protocols.

  •         Philadelphia guidance for personal services (hair and nail salons, barbers, and spas) can be found here

Other useful resources

Pennsylvania Governor's website

PA Governor's guidance for businesses (this includes nail salons)

Gov. Wolf executive order to protect workers during COVID-19

Pennsylvania  Department of Health Information for Businesses

PA Department of Health Website

Unemployment benefits

City of Philadelphia COVID-19 Information

Philadelphia safe reopening website (Vietnamese)

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