The Office of the Governor announced today that approved counties could open modified hair salons and barbershops. As California’s hospitalization rates continue to drop and testing capacity continues to increase, the State continues to ease restrictions on “non-essential” businesses. This prompted the Governor to make the announcement.
The State of California has already approved San Bernardino County for accelerated reopening under Phase 2, which means the county does not have to act on these new guidelines. They are in effect as of today, which is good news for several Tri-Community salons and barbershops that have been closed for several weeks due to the statewide stay-at-home order.
Jeanine Thurber, the owner of Earl Knight Salon & Parlour in Phelan, is glad to reopen her business. “We are behind on many bills and overhead,” said Jeanine. As with many local businesses, she has been struggling to keep a “closed” business afloat without the ability to generate income by serving clients. “We are open tomorrow [Wednesday] and can only take clients by appointment. We want to thank all of our dear clients for loving on us and supporting us through this challenging time.” Many beloved professionals work at Earl Knight Salon and will be glad to get back to work.
Hair salons and barbershops must provide a safe and clean environment for workers and customers under these guidelines. Services must be limited to those services that can be provided with both the worker and customer wearing face coverings for the entirety of the service. Such services include haircuts, weaves and extensions, braiding lock maintenance, wig maintenance, hair relaxing treatments, and color treatments.
Services that are not allowed are those that cannot be performed with face coverings for both the worker and customer or that require touching the customer’s face and include eyelash services, eyebrow waxing, eyebrow threading, and facials.
The State issued guidelines for salons and barbershops can be found HERE.