Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts announced in a press release (https://governor.nebraska.gov/press/gov-ricketts-announces-new-directed-...) on May 21, 2020, that barbershops, salons, and massage therapy services may resume business operations June 1, 2020, in Phase 2 per the directed health measures. This applies to all counties except Dakota, Hall, Hamilton, and Merrick.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services developed recommended best practices for barbers and salons (http://dhhs.ne.gov/Documents/COVID-19-Recommended-Best-Practices-for-Bar...) and recommended best practices for massage therapy (http://dhhs.ne.gov/Documents/COVID-19-Recommended-Best-Practices-for-Mas...) for a safe return to practice. We note that the best practices include recommendations from AMTA’s Nebraska chapter, and we have reached out to the state to make sure they are aware of ABMP’s recommendations, which are available at www.abmp.com/back-to-practice. We hope you find this helpful when you 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.
- Massage practitioners: ABMP Back-to-Practice Guidelines (https://www.abmp.com/back-to-practice/summary)
- Estheticians: ASCP Back-to-Practice Guidelines (www.ascpskincare.com/back-to-practice/summary)
- Cosmetologists: AHP Back-to-Practice Guidelines (www.associatedhairprofessionals.com/back-to-practice/summary)
- Nail professionals: ANP Back-to-Practice Guidelines (https://www.nailprofessional.com/back-to-practice/summary)
We also have helpful forms and printouts available on our website, (https://www.abmp.com/back-to-practice/forms-printouts) 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.