Reopening Massachusetts (https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts) is moving into Phase II as of June 8, 2020. Businesses offering close-contact personal services may resume operations in Step 2 of Phase II. Unfortunately, a start date is yet to be determined for Phase II, Step 2. Per COVID-19 Order No. 35 (https://www.mass.gov/doc/order-preparing-for-phase-ii-reopening/download) issued by Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker, services permitted to reopen in Phase II, Step 2 include massage therapy, body treatments, Eastern treatments, energy therapies, waxing services and threading, peels and facials, nail care services, and makeup application services. We will notify you when a date is released, and you are permitted to return to practice.
Sector-specific protocols and best practices have been developed, and the state released the Safety Standards and Checklist: Close Contact Personal Services (https://www.mass.gov/info-details/safety-standards-and-checklist-close-c...) document for a safe reopening. Additionally, one June 8, 2020, the state updated the mandatory safety standards and recommended best practices for hair salons and barbershops that reopened May 25, 2020. We encourage you to review the new Safety Standards and Checklist: Hair Salons and Barbershops (https://www.mass.gov/info-details/safety-standards-and-checklist-hair-sa...) document that is applicable as of this date.
Additional Safety Resources
ABMP, ASCP, AHP, and ANP understand there is a fine line between getting back to work and earning an income and protecting the safety of you and your clients. When Massachusetts moves into Phase II, Step 2 and you consider returning to work, we urge you to make government permission to work only one element of your decision about whether and when to reopen. Please review our comprehensive series of back-to-practice guidelines to help reduce risk and keep you and your clients safe.
- Massage practitioners: ABMP Back-to-Practice Guidelines (https://www.abmp.com/back-to-practice/summary)
- Estheticians: ASCP Back-to-Practice Guidelines (www.ascpskincare.com/back-to-practice/summary)
- Cosmetologists: AHP Back-to-Practice Guidelines (www.associatedhairprofessionals.com/back-to-practice/summary)
- Nail professionals: ANP Back-to-Practice Guidelines (https://www.nailprofessional.com/back-to-practice/summary)
We also have helpful forms and printouts available on our website, (https://www.abmp.com/back-to-practice/forms-printouts) including office policies, screening questionnaires, and posters to remind clients about social distancing and handwashing.
We appreciate your membership and will continue working on your behalf to update you as we learn more. Please check our COVID-19 page (https://www.abmp.com/updates/news/information-abmp-members-state-shutdow...) for updates. Be safe and be well.