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Some Personal Service Businesses Can Reopen Outdoors In Marin

MARIN COUNTY, CA – Some personal care businesses that were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic can now reopen outdoors in Marin County. Cosmetology and skin care services, esthetic services, massage therapy and nail salons can reopen outdoors effective immediately, county officials announced late Monday afternoon.



Cosmetology and skin care services, esthetic services, ​massage therapy​ and nail salons can reopen outdoors in Marin County.


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Cosmetology and skin care services, esthetic services, ​massage therapy​ and nail salons can reopen outdoors in Marin County.

Indoor and outdoor services for electrolysis, piercing and tattooing must remain closed, however, because Marin remains on California’s county monitoring list.

Public health officials had temporarily halted the reopening of personal care services to monitor data surrounding the business sector in addition to being added to the state’s watch list.

“Since the beginning of our reopening process in early May, Marin Public Health has committed to moving at a sequential rate, guided by local COVID-19 data,” said Dr. Matt Willis, the county’s public health officer.

“The recent decision to move hair salons outside showed that personal services can managed effectively outdoors. We’ll continue to monitor our local and state data and make adjustments for the safety or our community and economy.”

All Marin businesses must complete and implement a site-specific protection plan prior to reopening, according to the county. The plan should include industry-specific guidance mandated by the state. In addition, the state provides a checklist for personal care services provided outdoors to guide business owners through the modifications needed to transition traditionally indoor personal care businesses to an outdoor environment. Once complete, businesses should post their completed plan for customers and employees to review.

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