Legislative Updates for California

California State Board of Barbering & Cosmetology

2420 Del Paso Road, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834

Phone: 800-952-5210 | Fax: 916-575-7281 | Website: barbercosmo.ca.gov/ | Email: barbercosmo@dca.ca.gov
Training hours required from a licensed esthetics school/program: 600

Board of Barbering and Cosmetology Sunset Review—Joint Oversight Hearing Friday, April 9

The California legislature has scheduled the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology sunset review for Friday, April 9, at 9:00 a.m. PT. If you would like to provide public comment at the hearing, you will have the opportunity. Or, you can submit written comments to us at gr@ascpskincare.com by April 8, 2021, and we will forward them to the appropriate committee.

California Update – New Regional Closures – Personal Services including massage, hair, esthetics, and nails to close if ICU bed capacity reaches 15% or less

Governor Newsom modified the state’s Stay at Home orders on December 3, dividing the state into five regions. Regions that have 15% or less intensive care unit (ICU) bed capacity will be shut down from all but essential services for three weeks.

California COVID-19 Update: Governor Newsom announces new website and tiered system

Governor Newsom announced a new COVID-19 website to identify what is open in California, available at https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy.

When visiting the covid19.ca.gov website, scroll down to “People want to know” and click on “What’s open in my county?” The website (https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/) will allow members to find out in what capacity they are open—indoor or outdoor and with or without modifications. There may be county restrictions that apply as well.

California COVID-19 Update: New Guidelines for Personal Care Services and Outdoor Hair Salons

The California Department of Public Health issued new guidelines for Personal Care Services on July 20, 2020, for massage therapists, estheticians, cosmetologists, and nail professionals. Outdoor hair salons also have new guidelines. In addition, the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology (BBC) issued new guidance on July 20 regarding BBC licensees who intend to perform personal care services outdoors.

Personal Care Service Guidelines

California COVID-19 Update: Personal Care Service Closures

Governor Newsom announced on July 13, 2020, that counties that have remained on the County Monitoring List for three consecutive days must close indoor businesses, which includes those offering personal care services as of July 13, 2020, “unless they can be modified to operate outside or by pick-up.” It has been interpreted that working outside is working outside of your establishment, so if you are required to have an establishment license, you are most likely not allowed to work outside.

California COVID-19 Update

There have been many changes in the massage therapy industry and community in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), from executive orders affecting businesses, to emergency rulemaking altering renewal processes, to distance learning modifying the student experience. ABMP has summarized below how COVID-19 has impacted the licensing regulations and laws in the state of California, and we encourage you to also look at the information regarding the CARES Act outlined at the bottom of this email, which addresses financial aid and unemployment benefits and other programs.

California Sunset Review: Legislature Adjourned

As you are aware, the California Massage Therapy Act is up for sunset review this legislative session. However, ABMP just received confirmation that the California Legislature is adjourned until April 13, 2020. As such, the March 24, 2020, committee hearing is canceled. This is in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the legislature engaging in social distancing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. At this time, we do not know when a hearing will be rescheduled.

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