DCA and Board of Barbering and Cosmetology Issue Guidance for Licensees Who Perform Outdoor Services
The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) and the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC) have issued guidance for barbering and cosmetology licensees following the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) and California Department of Industrial Relations’ (Cal/OSHA) release of two guidance documents today: COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Hair Salon and Barbershop Services Provided Outdoors, and COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Expanded Personal Care Services Provided Outdoors. The goal of all documents is to provide guidance for salons and barbershops to support a safe, clean, outdoor environment for workers and customers.
DCA and BBC issued guidance today recognizing that some barbering and cosmetology services may be safely performed outdoors as an option to help people get back to work in counties where indoor operations are closed, while still preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Beginning today, BBC will prioritize its enforcement efforts to focus on establishments operating indoors in counties that are on the County Monitoring List and will not initiate disciplinary proceedings or issue administrative citations against licensees that offer services outdoors in compliance with the DCA, CDPH and Cal/OSHA guidance.
The outdoors services that are consistent with today’s published DCA guidance include all barbering and cosmetology services, except for the following services:
- All chemical hair services including, but not limited to, permanent waving, relaxing, bleaching, tinting, coloring, dyeing and straightening;
- Shampooing; and
In addition, establishments providing outdoors services should not perform services that would require a customer to enter the establishment.
Today’s guidance also provides that licensed services should only be performed in outdoor areas outside a licensed establishment that are contiguous with or adjacent to a licensed establishment, consistent with state public health directives. Examples of approved outdoor spaces include, but are not limited to:
- Parking lots in which the licensed establishment is contained; and
- Sidewalks and other public thoroughfares reasonably proximate to the licensed establishment that are closed to public access during the period of service.
Licensees should be aware that other requirements, such as local zoning and permitting rules and local public health orders, may also apply to outdoor operations. BBC’s Notice addresses only the Board’s discipline and enforcement authority.
The Department of Consumer Affairs is a consumer protection department under the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency and has been working closely with other state departments and stakeholders to respond to and protect all Californians during the COVID-19 pandemic.