The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) will issue updated protocols for the City’s Safer at Home Health Order that will allow hair salons and barbershops to reopen indoors if they follow guidelines designed to protect employees and patrons and control the spread of COVID-19. The change is effective September 3. This comes after the State unveiled a new four-tier, color-coded system that will use daily coronavirus case numbers and positivity rates to guide the safe reopening of businesses.
The new order, effective tomorrow and until further notice, requires that hair salons and barbershops adhere to safety guidelines, including:
• Operating at a maximum of 25% capacity.
• Continuing to operate outdoors to the extent feasible.
• Ensuring physical distancing measures.
• Ensuring everyone is wearing cloth face coverings while in the salon or barbershop.
• Clients should wear face coverings with ear loops to ensure that face coverings can be worn throughout the hair service.
• Establishing an outdoor reception area where customers can check in.
• Using barriers (such as plexiglass) at reception areas or other areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained in order to minimize exposure between workers and customers.
• Staggering appointments to reduce reception congestion and to ensure adequate time for proper cleaning and sanitation between each customer visit. Walk-in appointments will not be available.
• Serving only one client at a time.
• Encouraging the use of credit cards and contactless payment systems. If electronic or card payment is not possible, customers should come with exact cash payment or check, if available.
• Magazines, coffee and other amenities will not be available.
Other personal grooming businesses, such as nail salons and spa services, including massage, facials and waxing are still prohibited.
The State of California recently transitioned from tracking COVID-19 trends via the County Monitoring List to a four-tiered, color-coded system to determine operations. The City of Long Beach and Los Angeles County fall in the purple tier (Widespread), which allows for salons, barbershops, and malls to resume indoor operations.