CSAC Bulletin Article

Governor Relaxes State Order to Allow Hair Services in Variance Counties

May 28,2020

Earlier this week, Governor Newsom announced new guidance for hair salons and barbershops within Stage 2 variance counties today. In a nutshell, only activities during which both the client and worker can continuously wear face coverings are allowed. While this new guidance applies only to Stage 2 variance counties, a local health officer’s order may continue to be more restrictive. View the new salon and barbering guidance here

The new guidance requires:

  • Both customer and stylist to wear face masks at all times
  • Only permits activities during which a barber or stylist and client can continuously wear a cloth face covering throughout, such as haircuts, hair coloring, blowouts, weaves and extensions, braiding, lock maintenance, wig maintenance and hair relaxing treatments
  • Prohibits workers from seeing multiple customers at once (e.g. while one customer’s hair is drying, another receives a haircut). Services for each customer must be completely rendered before a new customer can be seen by the same worker
  • Does not allow shaving, facial waxing, threading and facials because clients cannot continuously wear a face covering during these services
  • Prohibits any additional personal care services such as manicures or pedicures, tattooing, or massages.
  • Salons and Barbershops to 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.
  • Requires temperature and/or symptom screenings for all workers at the beginning of their shift and any vendors, contractors, or other workers entering the establishment.
  • Encourages workers and customers who are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home.

As of this writing, 46 counties are operating under Stage 2 variances, and all 58 counties have at least one identified COVID-19 positive case. Lassen County rescinded their Stage 2 variance this week with the identification of the first two cases in the county to date. Each county may continue to alter or rescind an approved variance or implement more restrictive health orders according to local conditions. View each county’s Stage 2 variance attestation here.

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