Ducey Orders Arizona Hair And Nail Salons Closed Amid Criticism

Published: Friday, April 3, 2020 - 4:05pm
Updated: Saturday, April 4, 2020 - 10:52am
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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at a town hall on April 2, 2020.

Barbershops, salons, tattoo parlors, spas, and massage businesses are no longer considered essential and must close by 5 p.m. Saturday under Gov. Doug Ducey’s new guidance.

When Ducey’s office announced the initial stay-at-home order earlier this week, these industries were excluded, leading many to question the wisdom of exempting businesses where social distancing is difficult — if not impossible. 

“During these unprecedented times, providing clarity for small businesses and employers is an important measure to ensure we protect our citizens, slow the spread of COVID-19, and protect this critical part of our economy,” Ducey said in a statement. “As guidance from public health officials evolves, we will continue to release information and direction.”

The new guidance also mandates parks close all areas where people can't maintain the CDC-recommended six feet of social distance.

"Amenities at public parks that do not allow for recommended physical distancing or proper hygiene such as basketball courts, splash pads, playgrounds and public restrooms (must close)," the order said. "But public parks shall remain open to the greatest extent possible."

For Phoenix hairdresser Christine Smith, the policy change is a welcome relief from the fear that she’d get sick on the job.

“It’s amazing that he has kinda finally realized that we cannot follow CDC guidelines and stand 6 feet away," she said. "Even when we wear gloves or masks, it’s still not safe.”

The order includes the following businesses:

  • Barbers 
  • Cosmetology, hairstyling, nail salons and aesthetic salons 
  • Tanning salons
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Spas
  • Massage parlors

The following businesses remain exempt:

  • Personal hygiene services that assist those who are disabled.
  • Day care centers providing services to essential workers.
  • Hotels and motels.
  • Respite and palliative care services.

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