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Are barber shops, nail salons, massage parlors, spas, and tattoo parlors open? What safety precautions must they take?

Last Updated: 09/08/2020

The following types of personal care businesses may reopen in New Jersey so long as they adopt the required social distancing and safety protocols:

  • Beauty salons;
  • Barber shops;
  • Cosmetology shops
  • Spas, including day spas and medical spas – but saunas, steam rooms, or shared bathing facilities remain closed;
  • Electrology facilities;
  • Hair braiding shops;
  • Massage parlors;
  • Nail salons;
  • Tanning salons; and
  • Tattoo parlors.

Personal care businesses must follow health and safety standards issued by the Department of Health and the Division of Consumer Affairs.

What to Expect at Personal Care Businesses
The following summarizes some of the protocols contained in EO 154, EO 157, DCA protocols for cosmetology, hairstyling, massage therapy, and bodywork services, and DOH protocols for tanning facilities and body art establishments. However, this summary is not a replacement for fully complying with all health and safety standards and businesses should read full guidance carefully to ensure full compliance.

Cosmetology, hairstyling, massage, and bodywork businesses must follow the following guidelines:

  • Limiting services to appointment-only;
  • Performing prescreening and temperature checks of clients and staff prior to entering the facility;
  • Ensuring staff-client pairs remain at least six feet apart unless separated by physical barriers;
  • Requiring use of personal protective equipment, and requiring clients to wear face coverings, unless face down on a massage table or where doing so would inhibit an individual's health;
  • Discourage, or remove from service offerings, any services on the face that would require clients to remove their face covering. If such services are offered, at minimum, advise clients that removal of face coverings increases the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and confirm with the client that they consent to such services;
  • Adopting enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices; and
  • Staying informed about new developments and guidance related to COVID-19.

Tattoo parlors and tanning salons must follow the following guidelines:

  • Requiring appointments;
  • Performing prescreening and temperature checks of clients and staff prior to entering the facility
  • Recommending clients wait in cars or away from facility if the waiting area cannot accommodate social distancing;
  • Require all employees to wear face coverings when inside the facility and establishment and when in contact with clients;
  • Customers are required to wear face coverings inside the facility or establishment at all times. Clients receiving tanning services utilizing a tanning booth can remove the face covering once stationed in their assigned bed/booth. Personal care services requiring the removal of a client's face covering are allowed, provided that clients wear a face covering at all times before and after this service; and
  • Adopting appropriate infection control, disinfection, and sanitization practices.

Source: Executive Order No. 154, DCA Administrative Order No. 2020-11, DOH Executive Directive No. 20-015; Executive Order No. 157