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Nail salons set to reopen in California

Posted at 10:56 AM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 17:46:31-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — California continues to reopen as counties across the state ease rules and restrictions. Stage Three began on June 12, exactly one week ago. Now on Friday multiple businesses, including nail salons can begin seeing clients again after receiving state guidelines.

23ABC's Daniela Garrido visited one salon to find out what they were doing to combat COVID-19 as they reopen.

"Really its been preparing for when we come back and have those new certificates for COVID and what experience our clients need to be in when they come back," explained Felicia Rodriguez, an aesthetician.

Personal care services have been one of the last industries to reopen from the coronavirus closures.

"I believe we are one of the last ones open because we are in such close contact. With doing lashes, nails, waxings. We are face to face. Hairstylists and barbers not so much. They can have their clients face away," said Rodriguez.

The Kern County Public Health Department released guidelines for reopening these close-contact services.

"The new client experience is everyone will be required to wear a mask. All clients. All employees. If you refuse, you won't get your service. We want to make sure everyone is safe and everyone stays healthy," explained Rodriguez.

The salon will also be checking temperatures upon entry.

"Everything we use is medical grade which means its bactericide, fungicide, and virucide. It cleans everything," said Rodriguez.

At Polished NailBar, partitions have been put up on the pedicure chair between the client and nail technician. And for now, clients won't be allowed to wait for a nail appointment inside the salon.

"We will allow clients in one at a time. So when you arrive you will text and when we are ready we will reply and that way we make sure we keep a social distance," added Rodriguez.

Tattoo and massage parlors will also be opening up Friday following similar guidelines of masks, one-time-use items, and gloves.