Many states are taking steps to open back up again, even with the prospect of COVID-19 still lurking. Personal care services have been off-limits for nearly everyone as barbershops, hairdressers and nail salons have all been closed throughout the country. As people are able to go back out again and stay-at-home orders are lifted, there will be a large demand for these services. However, the mere fact that they are open does not mean that it is entirely safe to get your hair cut and nails done. Here are some safety tips for people who work in these businesses and their customers.
Sally Hershberger is a hairstylist with Salons in NY and LA and she has been closely studying the guidelines set by the CDC, FDA, and State Board of Cosmetology for both states. She says, "Sanitation has always played a huge role at salons, but I think people will take it more seriously than ever before." Source
Frequent Use of Disinfectants
Barbershops and salons generally spend a fair amount of time cleaning the premises and equipment between customers. However, they would need to double and triple these efforts, extensively cleaning between each customer. Then, they would need to deep clean the business every day after they are done for the day. The business should make sure that it stocks up on disinfectants and cleaners so that they have an ample supply. This will require some advance planning given the fact that these supplies are not always available.
PPE for Workers and Customers
It goes without saying that customers and employees should each be wearing masks at appointments. Of course, it is not possible to practice social distancing when cutting someone’s hair or doing their nails. Nonetheless, masks and gloves are an absolute must for everyone at all times, with the obvious exception that customers cannot wear gloves when their nails are being done. Customers should be informed in advance that they cannot receive service if they fail to observe the posted rules about wearing protective equipment.
It is vital that your customers know what the business will be doing in order to protect them during this time. The establishment should have clear signs at the front of the store as well as at the individual service stations letting customers know about both the procedures and expectations. Any restrictions on customers or safety measures should be clearly communicated so customers know that they cannot do at an appointment.
Work on Appointment Only
Many salons accept walk-ins and make appointments at the same time. However, walk-in customers will mean that the common area is crowded with people waiting for service. They may then end up sitting close together in the waiting area spreading germs. Eliminating walk-in clientele for a time will limit the number of people in the store and allow the store owners to have control over their business. The goal is to keep the total amount of staff and customers in the store to a minimum and only have those present who are absolutely necessary. It is best to open in a limited capacity at first until the threat of the virus recedes.
Safety should the top priority for all hairstylists as veteran hairdresser Van Council states. As part of increasing safety measure and working on appointments only, Edward Tricomi, cofounder of the Warren Tricomi also believes stylists should embrace technology. Some things will change permanently and this situation has shown everyone the importance of harnessing online technology.Source
Take Temperatures Daily
Nail technicians and barbers can spread COVID-19 to customers due to close contact. If possible, try to take the staff’s temperature each day when they arrive at work. This will also keep one employee from spreading the illness to the other employees even if one person ends up being sick. Taking temperature is not a surefire way to detect COVID-19, but it is the best that businesses can do in the absence of available tests.
Barbershops and salons will never be able to completely prevent the risk of spreading COVID-19. They can, however, cut down the risk with strict adherence to safety rules.