Due to the pandemic, plenty of establishments closed down due to stay-at-home protocols. This is not an isolated case for the United States. The same protocols are being done all over the world. Now, almost a year has passed since the pandemic started. However, things aren’t going back to the way it used to be.

People are beginning to adapt to the situation and are starting a new normal. Establishments are beginning to reopen once again (with certain guidelines to follow). Personal care and recreational establishments such as spas and salons are operating again. If you’re thinking of visiting these establishments, here’s what you need to know:

Not all states allow the reopening of spas and salons

Every state has different protocols. Some states allow both salons and spas to be open. Most only allow salons. Only a few states remain that don’t allow either of the two to open. If you want to know which states allowed these establishments to reopen.

Services that require you to remove your face mask are not allowed

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently announced that masks should be worn during all activities outside of the home. We all know by now that face masks, regular sanitizing, and social distancing are the best ways to protect ourselves from COVID-19. Anything that requires us to remove our masks while being in close contact with other people is a big risk not only for you but also for the people around you.

There is this common misconception that wearing a mask is only meant to keep you safe from other people. True enough, that is the case. But, wearing masks not only protects you. It also protects the people around you (if you have the virus). Let’s not forget that asymptomatic people can still spread the virus and infect others. The chances of you being asymptomatic are high unless you get yourself tested. Without a swab test, you’ll never be 100% if you have the virus or not because you could be asymptomatic.

mother wearing a face mask to her child

That is especially true if you’ve been leaving your home often during the pandemic. That said, facials are definitely out of the question. Manicures, pedicures, haircuts, hair styling, coloring, and massages (with face masks on) are your safest options when visiting these establishments.

You have to be careful of the establishments you go to

Make sure to do your research on the establishment you plan to visit before going. Go to an establishment located in an area that isn’t congested or too tight. Look for reviews if there are any during a time like this. Or try to call the establishment and ask them what to expect when you visit. Ask them if they wear face masks, gloves, and other PPE during their services.

Do they sanitize their workspace after each use? Do they use different gloves for every customer? Are they following strict safety protocols? These are essential questions to ask. If they aren’t following strict safety protocols, you risk catching the virus. So, make sure that the establishment you visit is trustworthy, honest, and professional.

The bottom line is, visiting spas and salons are fine as long as you practice proper safety protocols. Just remember that if you’re feeling sick, don’t go to these establishments. Only visit an establishment that you trust. If you happen to stumble upon an establishment that isn’t following safety protocols, you can always report them. Always wear your mask and sanitize your hands often. In the end, what you choose to do is solely on you. You are accountable for your actions and who you affect due to those actions.

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