Connecticut COVID-19 Update—Permission to Practice June 17, 2020

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. 

Permission to Practice June 17, 2020

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced Phase 2 of Reopen Connecticut, allowing businesses offering personal services to resume operations June 17, 2020, including day spas, estheticians, waxing, massage therapy, nail technicians, and eyelash technicians. Establishments cannot exceed 50 percent capacity, services must be performed by appointment only, and waiting rooms must be closed. Any service that requires a client to remove a mask, including facials and beard trims, cannot be performed in Phase 2.

NOTE: We are advocating for massage therapists to be permitted to perform services for clients while in the prone position without a face covering, as we understand a mask may present breathing concerns. We are also advocating for estheticians to be permitted to perform facials, with extra safety measures in place. 

The state developed guidance for personal services beginning on page 7 of the linked document. Salons and barbershops, which were permitted to reopen in Phase 1, can review their guidelines here. Visit the Connecticut COVID-19 Response page for the most up-to-date information regarding coronavirus testing, available financial assistance, and health and safety precautions.

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.

We also have helpful forms and printouts available on our website, 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. Please check our COVID-19 page for updates. Be safe and be well.

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