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.
Green Phase Counties Permission to Practice May 29, 2020
Many counties entered the Green Phase (https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-thanks-pennsylvanians-for-continuing-to-do-their-part-to-slow-the-spread-of-covid-19/), the third and final phase in Governor Tom Wolf’s plan to reopen Pennsylvania (https://www.governor.pa.gov/process-to-reopen-pennsylvania/). In the Green Phase, health and wellness facilities and personal care services, including hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, and spas, may resume business operations May 29, 2020, at 50 percent occupancy and by appointment only. Massage therapy establishments may also reopen May 29, 2020, at 50 percent occupancy with appointment-only policies strongly encouraged. Click here (https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx) to find out if your county has entered the green phase.
Nonessential businesses located in counties that remain in the Yellow or Red Phases must remain closed to the public. Counties in the Red Phase are expected to move to the Yellow Phase by June 5, 2020. Governor Wolf is updating this list frequently. Industry-specific guidelines have not yet been issued in Pennsylvania at this time. Please refer to our back-to-practice guidelines listed below for a safe reopening.
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. Please check our COVID-19 page (https://www.abmp.com/updates/news/information-abmp-members-state-shutdown-orders#Pennsylvania) for updates.