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​GUIDANCE FOR BARBER SHOPS PERMITTED TO OPERATE DURING THE GREEN PHASE TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF EMPLOYEES AND THE PUBLIC


PURPOSE

The virus that causes the Coronavirus 2019 Disease ("COVID-19") is easily transmitted, especially in group settings, and it is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to safeguard public health and safety. 

COVID-19 can be transmitted from infected individuals even if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are mild, such as a cough. It can also be spread by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. This guidance document addresses the procedures businesses in the barbering industry must follow to limit the spread of COVID-19 to the extent they are permitted to conduct in-person operations.  


BUSINESSES SUBJECT TO THIS GUIDANCE

All businesses in the barbering industry are permitted to resume operations in counties which have been designated in the Green Phase, so long as they adhere to the requirements of this guidance and any applicable statutes and regulations.

Additionally, all business should refer and adhere to the Governor's guidance on reopening businesses, available here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/covid-19/business-guidance/

No business is required to conduct operations and should not do so if the business is unable to do so in accordance with all applicable guidance.

For purposes of this guidance, "employees" refer to both licensed and unlicensed employees, including apprentices, working in a business subject to this guidance.


POLICY

It is the policy of the Administration to ensure that all businesses subject to this guidance conduct their operation in the manner best designed to prevent or mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of their employees and the communities in which their businesses reside or serve. All businesses, even those that are authorized to maintain in-person operations, must minimize opportunities for personal interaction because such interactions provide greater opportunities for the transmission of COVID-19.


PROTECTING EMPLOYEES AND THE PUBLIC

The State Board of Barber Examiners' regulations require barber shops to operate in an orderly and sanitary manner.  All barber shop owners and employees are reminded that they must also follow all health and safety guidelines provided in the Barbers' License Law and Board's regulations.


ENFORCEMENT

Failure to strictly adhere to the requirements of this guidance, the Barbers' License Law and the Board's Regulations may result in disciplinary action up to and including license suspension.

Inspectors from the Department of State, Bureau of Enforcement and Investigation may conduct random inspections and complaints of barber shops.

Law enforcement officers should refer to Enforcement Guidance available online.

A licensee who practices while suffering with a contagious or infectious disease or knowingly serves any person afflicted with such a disease shall be guilty of a summary offense.  63 P.S. § 565.


SERVICES PERMITTED TO BE PERFORMED IN BARBER SHOPS

  • Cutting or trimming the hair on the head.
  • Shampooing and conditioning of the hair on the head.
  • Styling of the hair on the head (e.g. shaping, blending, curling, waving, singeing, processing, straightening, weaving).  
  • Shaping the eyebrows.
  • Chemical treatments of the hair on the head (e.g. permanent waving, bleaching, coloring). 
  • Manicures provided by a licensed cosmetologist.


SERVICES NOT PERMITTED TO BE PERFORMED IN BARBER SHOPS

  • Barbering services which would require the removal of the client's face mask (e.g. shaving or trimming the beard).
  • Out-of-shop services.
  • Shoe shining or any other allied business.


BARBER SHOP CAPACITY AND LAYOUT

  • Barbering services are to be scheduled in advance by appointment.
  • The capacity of a barber shop shall not exceed fifty percent (50%) of their capacity. This figure is based on clientele and staff combined.
  • Social distancing should be supported by separating stations at least 6 feet apart.  
  • Social distancing should be supported by removing furniture in waiting areas.
  • Place all notices in plastic covering.


All businesses and employees in the barbering industry authorized to conduct in-person activities pursuant to this guidance must adhere to the following: 


EMPLOYEE ATTIRE

  • Employee must wear CDC recommended face masks or other face masks that cover the nose and mouth in a snug manner for their entire shift.
  • When shampooing hair, employee must wear eye protection (goggles/glasses) which must be sanitized after each use.
  • Employees should change into and out of clothing and shoes before and after their shift. Shoes should be left at barber shop.
  • Employee must wash hands before putting on or taking off protective eye gear.
  • Employee must remove protective eye gear after finishing the service and BEFORE doing anything else. Wash hands after removal.


FRONT DOOR

  • Clean door handles frequently inside and outside of the barber shop (every 30 minutes).
  • Wipe down door windows frequently inside and outside (every 30 minutes).
  • Shops must provide a hand sanitizer dispenser inside the front door.
  • Wipe down signage on walls once daily.


BARBER PREMISES

  • Remove all magazines and style books.
  • Remove all toys, games, remote controls, etc.
  • Remove beverage/coffee pots, self-service items and extraneous display cases that promote touching, including testers.
  • Utilize electronic sign-in sheets and appointment books when available.
  • Wipe down light switches daily.
  • Require customers to wait outside of the barber shop until their appointment time.
  • Have covered garbage can to dispose of wipes, etc.
  • Sanitize all items that have been picked up but not purchased.
  • Add signage or tape marking to designate where customers can stand based on the 6 feet apart designations.
  • Remove garbage daily.
  • Wash hands before folding towels or capes.


BATHROOM

  • Clean daily. Wipe down door handles inside and out and other commonly touched surfaces after each use.
  • Stock with soap and hand sanitizer.
  • Post a hand washing reminder.
  • Post a cleaning checklist in the bathroom so that customers know when it was last cleaned.


GREETING

  • Prescreen appointments with a verbal questionnaire, for example: Have you traveled outside of the state or county within the last 14 days? Have you experienced any COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, trouble breathing) in the past 14 days? Have you had any contact with anyone with a confirmed or suspected exposure to Covid-19 within the past 14 days?
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  • Employees must wash their hands or apply hand sanitizer in front of client.
  • No hand shaking.
  • No physical contact with clients outside of the contact required to perform the service.
  • Require client to put on a mask if they didn't arrive in one.  Client must wear the mask at all times while in the barber shop.


MOVING TO CHAIR/CONSULTATION

  • Wipe down the arms of the chair and the headrest before the client sits down.
  • Wipe down handles of hand mirror before handing to client.
  • Provide a new neck strip for each client.
  • Provide each client with a clean cape.
  • Store fresh capes in a closed container.
  • Remove tip jars from station (you may provide each client with a plastic bag to place their tip where electronic tip payment is not available).


SERVICE

  • Wipe handles of any tools before using on the client.
  • The client and the barber must wear a face mask during all interactions.  Barbers are encouraged to wear eye protection when available.
  • Disposable gloves are recommended to be worn by the employee, to the extent the service can be performed properly while wearing gloves.
  • Sanitize all tools and equipment immediately after use and store in a closed container.  
  • Store clean linens in a closed container.
  • Products may be kept at each station but must be sanitized at the beginning of the day and at end of a shift.
  • Place used brushes and combs in a closed container marked "used".
  • Store one bottle of hand sanitizer at each station.


CHECK OUT

  • Remove cape and place in "used" container.
  • Remove neck strip and place in garbage.
  • Walk client to check out.
  • Utilize contactless payment whenever possible.
  • When contactless payment is not possible, wipe credit card terminal after use by customer with a sanitizing wipe.
  • Wipe credit card terminal after use by customer with a sanitizing wipe.
  • Wash and sanitize hands after handling money.

 

AFTER SERVICE

  • Sanitize each station and chair.
  • Sanitize shampoo bowl and chair.
  • Sanitize all tools, equipment and implements used for the prior client.
  • Sweep the hair. Wipe down broom handle and dust pan.
  • Employee must wash and sanitize hands.

 

FURTHER GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT

Businesses that have questions about the following topics may email the following resource account: 

Ra-barber@pa.gov

Help is available for people who are struggling with their mental or emotional health or feeling anxious or overly stressed. Contact the Crisis Text Line by texting PA to 741-741.

The Administration recognizes the difficulty of procuring materials businesses need to safely resume operations.  If assistance is needed to locate masks and other supplies to carry out these required safety procedures, please visit DCED's Business2Business Interchange athttps://dced.pa.gov/pa-covid-19-medical-supply-portals/pennsylvania-covid-19-ppe-supplies-business-2-business-b2b-interchange-directory/  

The Barbers' License Law and Board's regulations can be found on the Board's website: www.dos.pa.gov/barber

The following websites offer the latest information on COVID-19:

Governor Tom Wolf's website: www.governor.pa.gov

Pennsylvania Department of Health website: www.doh.pa.gov

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) COVID-19 website: www.osha.gov/covid-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 website: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov

Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of approved disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2