As many of you reopen your businesses in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, your health and that of all your clients is obviously a big concern. While hair salons, barbershops, and certain related businesses recently got the go-ahead to reopen here in Florida, we can’t forget that the virus has definitely not been contained yet, and public interactions—especially in close physical proximity—carry real risks.
So, as you return to your livelihood, please keep in mind the following health and safety advice for reopening your salon during the coronavirus pandemic. Remember to not get overwhelmed and take each day one day at a time. Remember to take the time to relax and take care of yourself as well. We will get through this and together we will be STRONGER! Be safe, everyone!
Important Coronavirus Precautions at Salons
- Do not go to work if you have a fever over 99 degrees and coughing, sore throat, difficulty breathing, or other respiratory symptoms! Obviously you’re anxious to have money coming in, but you’ll be putting every single client at risk, as well as their families and everyone else they come into contact with. And your clients will not be happy if they pick up on the fact that you’re sick. You must stay home for no less than 10 days from the onset of symptoms AND for at least 72 hours of having no fever and seeing improvement in respiratory symptoms.
- For now, because it’s important to limit the number of people gathered in the same place, do not accept walk-ins; switch to an appointments-only model if you don’t already operate that way.
- When scheduling appointments, be extra conscious about not having clients waiting around long for service or having multiple people waiting. It’s recommended that clients be asked to wait in their cars.
- Pre-screen your clients when making appointments (if they book online, call or text them). Ask if they’ve had a fever or cough, if they’ve been around anyone with these symptoms in the last two weeks, if anyone in their home has been placed into quarantine/isolation, and if they’ve been around someone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 in the last 14 day. If the answer to any of these is yes, apologize and tell them they must wait.
- Wear a mask. Yes, it makes it a little more awkward to talk to your clients, but this is so important for your own safety and the client’s! If you have access, it’s also recommended that you wear a face shield.
- Clients should also be required to wear masks to the full extent that it’s possible.
- Wear disposable gloves during service and throw them out after each service.
- Wash your hands frequently throughout the day—including after each appointment—with warm water and soap, for at least 20 seconds.
- Ask each client to use hand sanitizer or wash their hands when they first arrive.
- In addition to your normal procedures for preventing infections, regularly disinfect surfaces like doorknobs/door handles, chairs, desk and table tops, counters, keyboards, the register, credit card readers/key pads, phones, sink handles, shampoo bowls, spray nozzles and hoses, etc. Use disinfectants EPA –registered and labeled as bactericidal, virucidal, and fungicidal.
- Follow disinfectant label instructions for proper use, including contact time.
- Change immersion disinfectants at least daily, and whenever they’re contaminated with hair or other visible debris or become cloudy.
- Wear a clean smock for each client. Either change into a fresh one between appointments, or use disposable ones and discard them after each use.
- Every client should be draped with a clean cape. Either launder them after each use, or use disposable ones and throw them out after a single use.
- Request that clients don’t touch retail products they don’t intend to purchase unless necessary. Disinfect handled items if they aren’t bought.