Nevada COVID-19 Update: Permission to Practice May 29, 2020

On May 26, 2020, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued a press release ( announcing the state’s entrance into Phase 2 of Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery (link to PDF). Salons and other businesses that provide esthetics or other skin care services, such as facials, hair removal, eyelash extensions, and eyebrow threading, may reopen May 29, 2020, under strict protocols and social distancing guidelines as recommended by LEAP ( and the Nevada Board of Cosmetology (

Governor Sisolak said in the May 26, 2020, press release:

“They [skin care or esthetics businesses] may open under similar guidelines that hair and nail salons are operating, such as having a partition or wall between each work station, and if there’s not a partition, ensuring the work stations are arranged to ensure six feet of separation. It will be appointment only, and estheticians, technicians, and other employees must wear face coverings. Customers or clients should wear face coverings to the extent practicable.”

Massage therapy establishments may also reopen May 29, 2020, under similar safety protocols. Both the practitioner and the client should wear face coverings, and services must be by appointment only. The protocols and social distancing guidelines mentioned above are broad and do not consider the work situations of massage therapists and estheticians. The Nevada Board of Massage Therapy met on May 8, 2020, to discuss protocols specific to massage therapists. Guidelines were created and will be incorporated into an official document from the Governor’s office, which will be sent to all licensees. In the meantime, we encourage members to visit our Back-to-Practice pages (links are provided below) for guidelines and suggestions of how to return to work.

NOTE: With some states giving authority to local governments regarding work authorization, your liability insurance is only valid if you comply with whichever regulations are the most restrictive—state or local. If you are not authorized to work per state or regional orders, and you are working, you are not in compliance with your state or local regulations and therefore your insurance would not be valid.

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. As 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.

We also have helpful forms and printouts available on our website, ( 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. Be safe and be well.


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