ORLANDO, Fla. — Starting Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said barbershops and hair and nail salons can open with “enhanced safety protocols.”
Here are frequently asked questions, according to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation on how businesses can reopen:
Who can open?
Barbers, cosmetologist, nail specialists, facial specialist, hair braiders, hair wrappers and body wrappers are allowed to reopen their businesses. These license holders are permitted to perform the barbering or cosmetology services as authorized by their respective license or registration.
Do businesses need to limit capacity?
Barbershops and salons must manage capacity of their businesses on an appointment-only schedule and must allow at least 15 minutes between customers for proper disinfecting practices.
Barbershops and salons should take necessary action to limit gatherings in waiting areas prior to and following appointments to the extent necessary to promote appropriate social distancing.
Barber shops and salons are encouraged to adopt means of limiting patrons waiting for appointments, such as calling patrons from a waiting vehicle or outdoor waiting area once an available service station is cleaned, prepared, and ready for service of the next patron.
Are there restrictions in effect for the waiting area of a business?
Barbershops and salons should remove all unnecessary, frequent-touch items, such as magazines, newspapers, service menus, and any other unnecessary paper products and décor from customer service areas.
These businesses should take necessary action to limit gatherings of patrons in waiting areas to the extent necessary to promote appropriate social distancing.
Can I make a group appointment?
The order does not allow group appointments. The business should restrict the number of individual appointments to the number of available service stations that can be responsibly accommodated while maintaining appropriate social distancing.
Do salons or barbershops need to limit hours of operation?
No. The order does not restrict the hours of operation of a barbershop or salon.
Are licensed professionals required to wear a mask when providing services in the barbershop or salon? If so, how long will it be required?
Yes, a mask must be worn by an employee while providing personal services in the barbershop or salon. The requirement to wear a mask while providing services remains in effect until further notice.
Do licensed professionals have to wear a particular type of mask while providing services?
Are licensed professionals required to wear gloves or any other personal protective equipment other than a mask when providing services in the barbershop or salon?
Are customers required to wear masks while obtaining services in the barbershop or salon?
No. However, barbershops and salons are encouraged to consider providing unworn masks to clients for use during their appointment.
As private businesses, barbershops and salons may adopt their own policies requiring the use of a mask by patrons obtaining services.
Are any other measures expected of barbershops or salons? Are any other measures recommended?
Yes. Barbershops and salons should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to reopening, and disinfection practices should be repeated, at minimum, between each day of operation. All surfaces, tools, and linens should be disinfected, even if the items were cleaned before the barbershop or salon was closed.
How will the restrictions in the order be enforced?
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation maintains routine inspection practices at licensed barbershops and salons, which will continue during the effect of this order. The Department will incorporate the restrictions of this order in compliance with inspection activities.
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