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Tattooing and Body Piercing Reopening in California

10/20/20


The state of California’s weekly update to the COVID19 Map has finally reflected a change of status for body art. While still in the purple tier, LA County body piercers and tattooers are no longer prevented by the state from legally opening their doors.

The information in this article is accurate as of 10/20/2020.

Be aware this doesn’t mean LA County studio’s are immediately permitted to officially open their doors. There are multiple health agencies that must be considered. While the state has removed the ban on body art, at this time (October 20, 2020), the county has not. The county’s health department is not required to allow body art simply because the state has changed the status.

You can see the Los Angeles County update from October 14 here. At the bottom you’ll read that at this time the only personal services allowed to operate are those which can be offered outdoors. This order keeps tattooing and body piercing closed regardless of the state lifting the ban.

So LA County tattoo and piercing studios are to remain closed despite the state’s decision to change body art’s status? What does this mean for Long Beach studios like New Flower? Long Beach has it’s own Environmental Health agency. Because of this, enforcement is technically independent of Los Angeles County. However, the city generally follows the county, but has the ability to be more strict if they choose. For example, when studios in LA County got to reopen for three weeks in June/July, Long Beach studios were closed an additional week.

The Long Beach Environmental Health Department has indicated to us, via email, body art studios are required to remain closed despite the state’s new position. You can see the city’s October 15 closures update here. Scroll down to part 15, appendix L.

We’ll be open once we’re legally allowed to do so. While there’s been no enforcement by the city of Long Beach regarding studio closures, we pride ourselves on having the integrity to remain closed while asked to do so. We appreciate your support and will be available for appointments as soon as possible.

John Johnson
John Johnson is a professional body piercer at New Flower Studio and a resident of Long Beach, CA. He's also a Red Cross instructor and authorized OSHA trainer. He manages the online curriculum for the Association of Professional Piercers and is a member of AFDO.