May 26, 2020
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Barbershops, hair salons can now open in Riverside County
Barbershops and hair salons may now reopen in Riverside County following statewide guidance
to allow for haircuts, styling and coloring.
The new guidelines, part of an ongoing acceleration that further opens the state economy,
were announced Tuesday, one day after Gov. Newsom relaxed guidelines that allowed for
houses of worship to conduct in-house services with some limitations.
“We cannot lose sight of our history and the family members and friends we have lost to
coronavirus, or that we may not be out of the first wave of this pandemic,” said Board Chair V.
Manuel Perez, Fourth District Supervisor. “There is also a great need to help more people safely
return to work, including barbers and hairdressers, who have been among the most impacted
financially. Moving forward, we will need to ensure that as a county we do everything possible
to take care and protect our families from this pandemic while ensuring that people can also
work to take care of their families.”
The state guideline for hair salons and barbershops prescribe that services for these operations
must be limited to services that can be provided with both the worker and customer wearing
face coverings for the entirety of the service. For example, haircuts, weaves and extensions,
braiding, lock maintenance, wig maintenance, hair relaxing treatments, and color services can
But those services that require touching of the customer’s face, such as facials, eyelash
adjustments, eyebrow waxing and threading, are not allowed.
“Hair salons and barber shops are largely small businesses, many of which are owned by
Riverside County residents,” said Vice Chair Karen Spiegel, Second District Supervisor. “More
local businesses will now reopen and more people will be able to get back to work. At the same
time, we must continue to take safeguards and precautions to prevent future outbreaks.”
Preventative measures outlined in the state’s guidance include:
- Implement measures to ensure physical distancing of at least six feet between and
among workers and customers, except when providing haircutting and other close
- Provide temperature and/or symptom screenings for all workers at the beginning of
their shift and any vendors, contractors, or other workers entering the establishment.
- Encourage workers and customers who are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 to
- Screen customers upon arrival and be prepared to cancel or reschedule customers who
indicate they have any signs of illness.
- Require workers and customers to use face coverings during the entire haircutting and
other close contact hair services.
While the new guidelines are welcomed by many small business owners, health officials are
emphasizing that the coronavirus continues to be an issue within the community. They remind
residents of the strong recommendations to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing
Other modifications and measures intended to keep employees, volunteers and members of
the community safe are available in the statewide guidance posted on the county’s website at
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