Nail Services and Electrolysis Allowed to Operate Indoors

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Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

Governor Newsom has announced a change related to the Personal Services industry sector. The State of California guidelines have been modified to allow nail services to resume indoor operations and physician-ordered electrolysis to reopen with modifications. Piercing, tattoo, and non-medical electrolysis services are still prohibited from reopening at this time. The County Health Officer, Dr. Henning Ansorg, has issued Health Officer Order 2020-12.8, which took full effect on September 23, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Guidance for personal care services like nail salons, tattoo parlors, and body waxing create a safer environment for workers and patrons. Businesses must review the guidance, prepare a plan, and post the checklist for personal care services in their workplace.

The guidelines outline the State of California’s requirements that must be met before an establishment may reopen in conformance with local regulations. It is required that each business submit, or have an attestation form on file with the County of Santa Barbara before opening. For more information, visit

For general questions about COVID-19 and precautions currently recommended by Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, residents may call 211 or visit

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East Beach Sep 25, 2020 12:06 PM
Nail Services and Electrolysis Allowed to Operate Indoors

RHS: perhaps you will be lucky enough when you are 70 plus to see we’ll enough, to be able to bend over, and have the manual dexterity to trim your toenails. For many of us over 70 this becomes an essential service for health and mobility issues.

RHS Sep 25, 2020 01:50 PM
Nail Services and Electrolysis Allowed to Operate Indoors

East Beach there are alternatives for those who need such services for the reasons you note. Be honest and you will acknowledge that 98% of the nail palace business is for personal esthetic vainglory. For those elders who do not have someone in their household or family to do this choir they could probably get service at a doctor's office for less than the cost of these places. No tip either.

RHS Sep 24, 2020 04:21 PM
Nail Services and Electrolysis Allowed to Operate Indoors

Anyone who decides that getting their nails "done" is worth the risk of COVID deserves what they get but I pray that their idiocy is not transmitted to others who did not behave so recklessly.

sacjon Sep 25, 2020 02:41 PM
Nail Services and Electrolysis Allowed to Operate Indoors

RHS - you disdain and hate for all those who are trying to safely live with the virus, as opposed to shutting down completely, is getting tiresome. 5 months ago, yeah, people would be stupid for doing some of the stuff they're doing now, but as we've learned more and more about what risks are not as high as once thought, people are slowly starting to adapt and carry out activities with modification. We need to live with this thing. We can no longer keep everything closed and cancelled. Give the whole "anyone who does anything now is going to die or kill my family" spiel a rest. Go outside, go to the beach. Get some air. Do something, anything other than this.

Sbrysa Sep 25, 2020 02:22 PM
Nail Services and Electrolysis Allowed to Operate Indoors

First of all, take a pause and think about how sickly disturbed your comment is we’ve been closed for 7 months without help besides ($167 weekly) if self employed. Secondly beauty professionals are one client at a time and are trained in sanitation and disinfection training . The public health dept has confirmed not 1 case of covid spread has been linked to beauty professionals. Politicians have already done enough to ruin ppls perception of our industry like yours, unfoundedly.

a-1601056837 Sep 25, 2020 11:00 AM
Nail Services and Electrolysis Allowed to Operate Indoors

Stop spreading unfounded and destructive fears, when people who are licensed professionals and hardworking small business owners want to get back to work. Safely. They have installed very adequate barrier controls as required. They don't need these smear attacks.

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