Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice:
The Arizona Board of Barbers remains focused on its mission to protect the public health and welfare. The Barber Board recommends that its licensees understand and comply with Governor Ducey’s current, and any future directives to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Arizona and nationally.
GUIDANCE FOR BARBERSHOPS TO REOPEN
Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, under all circumstances, the following precautions should be followed by people utilizing barber services. To the extent possible, these providers should take measures to ensure that customers may follow these guidelines:
• Stay home if sick.
• Protect yourself while visiting salons, spas, and barbershops
• Stay at least 6 feet away from other patrons.
• If you are at higher risk for severe illness, you should avoid visiting barbers and cosmetologists. People at higher risk for severe illness include adults 65 or older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.
• Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
• If possible, use touchless payment (pay without touching money, a card, or a keypad). If you must handle money, a card, or use a keypad, use hand sanitizer immediately after.
• After leaving your appointment, use hand sanitizer. When you get home, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BUSINESSES - The Department of Health Services recommends the following additional steps be taken by barbers and cosmetologists:
• Maintain physical distancing, to the extent possible.
• Provide and require employees to wear masks when possible.
• For treatments that require touching someone’s face, provide and require employees to wear gloves when possible.
• Provide access to soap and water for handwashing or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer at stations around the store, salon or spa for use by employees and clients. Require employees to wash hands immediately before and after providing client service.
• For treatments/appointments that don’t require touching the client’s face, clients should be encouraged to wear masks for their protection.
• Operate with reduced occupancy and capacity based on the size of the business location with special attention to limiting areas where customers and employees can congregate.
• Wipe any pens, counters, or hard surfaces between use or customer.
• Implement comprehensive sanitation protocols.
• Implement symptom screening for employees prior to the start of their shift.
• Consider offering cloth face coverings to employees and visitors to wear.
• Consider operating by appointment-only to manage occupancy levels.
• Arrange waiting areas, service areas, and break rooms to provide for appropriate physical distancing and sanitize areas regularly between use
. • Consider posting signs advising customers and employees of expectations and guidance.
• Consider not charging late/cancellation fees if someone cannot make their appointment due to illness.
• Train all employees in the above safety actions.
Additionally, there are economic opportunities available for small businesses:
- Federal Relief: The U.S. Department of the Treasury posted important updates on accessing federal relief, which will be critically important to Arizona families and small businesses. Starting April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for low interest loans for payroll, rent, utilities, and other expenses. A portion of these loans are forgivable (program details and the application here)
- Arizona Specific Worker and Small Business Resources: the Arizona Commerce Authority has compiled resources for small businesses and workers facing employment loss on this page (www.azcommerce.com/covid-19)
- Arizona Commerce Authority Webinar Series: The first webinar "Ensuring Business Continuity" was held today. Resources are available today, and more webinars are forthcoming on this page.
To all shop owners, managers and employees…..It is important that we all remember that as we serve the public that includes all persons from children to senior citizens we must insist on ……SAFETY FIRST.
It is important to run a business and our profession with constant safety giving to each and every one we cater to.
Our tools are used on the head face and neck and we always run the risk of unintentionally harming someone. It is very easy to burn someone with a hot air dryer or injure someone with a high pressure air hose or even cut someone with shears or especially a razor.
None of us….need to be placed in a situation of harming anyone which could not only lead to an injury for them, but also very heavy legal fines imposed on you.
LET’S ALL WORK SMARTER…NOT HARDER. Remember….SAFETY FIRST…ALWAYS!