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This Week's Overview

Barbershops and salons are now allowed to operate in Malibu with COVID-19 precautions. More than 38,000 health clubs, gyms, spas, and studios shut down during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic causing significant financial hardships, and a new appreciation for public health and wellbeing. Though salons are allowed to be open under Maryland’s phased reopening plans, some are on shaky financial ground.


Top 3 News Highlights This Week

  1. Barbershops and salons are now allowed to operate in Malibu with COVID-19 precautions. All services must be completed outside. As the services will be provided outside, there are also requirements for heat illness prevention including access to water and shade, cool-down breaks, and emergency procedures, and training for heat illness. L.A. County also provides guidance for infection control, requiring symptom check-ups for all staff and customers, hand sanitizer, wipes, and trash cans in the reception area, and one employee per shift to oversee and enforce sanitization and disinfection procedures.
  2. More than 38,000 health clubs, gyms, spas, and studios shut down during the coronavirus pandemic causing significant financial hardships, and a new appreciation for public health and wellbeing. Unless facilities can demonstrate significant efforts to clean and disinfect consistently, members say they won't feel comfortable returning. It's not enough to just talk about social distancing, installing hand sanitizer stations, and hand washing. The facilities that demonstrate they go beyond basic expectations are the ones that will succeed.
  3. Though salons are allowed to be open under Maryland’s phased reopening plans, some are on shaky financial ground. Continued COVID-19 restrictions mean fewer customers are allowed in, and many older customers are staying away. Under Montgomery County’s reopening rules, hair salons, barbershops and nail salons may be open by appointment only and with a host of restrictions in place, including ensuring that there is no more than one customer for every 200 square feet of space. Revenue has decreased across salons in Maryland by 20-75%.

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