Executive Order Needed to Keep Barbershop and Hair Salons on Modified Operations in Orange County

Friday, July 17, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 17, 2020

Executive Order needed to keep Hair Salons & Barbershops Afloat

Historical precedent: open air barber shops during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic (National Archives)
COSTA MESA –  In response to the state closing all operations of barbershops and hair salons in counties on the County Monitoring List, Assemblywoman Petrie-Norris met with the Governor’s Office and the Department of Consumer Affairs to advocate for an Executive Order allowing outdoor services.

“Small businesses have been good partners in meeting the requirements of recent health orders, and the State needs to provide an opportunity for modified outdoor operations for hair salons and barber shops,” said Assemblywoman Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach). “I request that the Governor release an executive order that will provide the needed flexibility to allow barbershops and hair salons to continue business operations outside in a safe manner during the COVID-19 crisis.”

Under the California Department of Public Health guidance released on July 13, 2020, barbershops and hair salons in monitored counties will have to close indoor operations, but the guidance also allows for modified operations outside. However, the Business and Professions Code, Section 7317 requires that all barbering, cosmetology and electology services be performed within a licensed establishment; therefore in order to enable these businesses to temporarily operate outdoors, an Executive Order is required.

Assemblywoman Petrie-Norris’ letter to the Governor is attached and can also be found as follows: