North Carolina COVID-19 State Update—Permission to Practice May 22, 2020

RE: Information regarding your state’s back-to-practice permission date and safety guidelines to minimize risk of exposure to, and spread of, COVID-19 in the workplace.

Permission to Practice May 22, 2020
On May 20, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 141. The Order moves North Carolina into a Safer at Home “Phase 2,” easing some COVID-19 restrictions to help revive the economy while protecting public health. Businesses offering personal care services, including barbershops, beauty salons, waxing and hair removal centers, hair salons, nail salons, manicure or pedicure studios, and massage therapy establishments, may reopen May 22, 2020.

Businesses that decide to reopen should follow the state’s interim guidance for salons, massage, and personal care business settings developed by the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Some of the guidelines are mandated, while others are recommended, so please familiarize yourself with these guidelines. The state has assembled a helpful Phase 2 FAQs document to explain Executive Order No. 141. It also addresses requirements for personal care services on page 5 of the document.

Additional Safety Resources
ASCP understands 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, 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 

Estheticians: ASCP Back-to-Practice Guidelines 

Cosmetologists: AHP Back-to-Practice Guidelines

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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