Coronavirus: How to Stay Safe at Nail Salons


The days of painting your own nails are coming to an end as nail salons are opening back up after months of stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

But as many states begin to ease restrictions, you may find yourself wondering if it's safe to go to the nail salon. Regardless of where you go, experts say you need to be cautious.

Good Morning America reported that several states, including New York, California, Texas, and Colorado, have begun reopening nail salons.

Nicole Hallett, an associate clinical professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School, said salons need a plan to make sure that their business can reopen with being safe.

While the coronavirus pandemic has changed normalcy, nail salons will look different than they did before the global outbreak.

Base Coat Nail Salon, a Denver-based chain salon, has reopened with specific guidelines. The rules include using plastic chair coverings while keeping stations six feet apart.

"I was definitely taken back when the Colorado shelter at-home order was lifted on May 8 for nail and hair salons, especially before restaurants," co-founder Trans Wills said.

The company decided to delay opening on June 1. Before opening its doors, employees also went through "COVID-19 employee training."

Each guest will now have to go through a symptom screening and going to a sink to watch their hands with soap and water before meeting with their nail technician.

Many salons are also requiring masks to be worn at all times by employees.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Simone Wildes shared the following tips with GMA on how to keep safe at nail salons amid COVID-19.

Safety tips if you plan to visit a nail salon

—Make an appointment ahead of time as there will be limits on how many people can be in salons at a time
—Wear your mask for the duration of your visit
—Wash your hands before and after salon services
—Practice social distancing while visiting salons

Red flags to watch out for

—Individuals not wearing masks
—Surfaces not being cleaned thoroughly between each client
—Staff not washing hands or sanitizing between customers

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