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Spas, nail salons, massage therapy, body art facilities get go-ahead to reopen

Posted at 5:52 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 20:54:14-04

California health officials issued new guidance to allow personal care services such as spas, nail salons, massage therapy and body art facilities to reopen in "variance counties" as soon as June 19.

San Luis Obispo County is included in the list of counties being given the go-ahead to move forward with this stage of reopening. However, businesses may not reopen until a county's local Health Officer approves the sector’s reopening. The state guidance must first be reviewed in the context of current local public health conditions.

"It’s good to see State release reopening guidance for more industries," said County Public Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein. "I appreciate the community’s patience as I review the State guidance and local health data prior to approving the reopening of these industries locally. I urge personal care businesses to review the State guidance at and take the necessary steps to ensure that they can reopen very soon."

The new guidance also addresses facials, electrolysis, waxing, skin care and cosmetology services in non-healthcare settings.

San Luis Obispo County health officials encourage business owners to review the relevant industry guidance at, conduct a risk assessment and self-certify that they are ready to reopen safely.