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Body Piercing and Tattoo Reopening Date is Set for Long Beach Studios

On Tuesday, October 20th, the state of California allowed body art services like piercing and tattooing to resume in the remaining counties where these services were still prohibited. Once the state made this decision, the city of Long Beach decided to wait until Los Angeles County’s health department made an announcement about reopening before they did the same.

The reopening date of Monday, October 26, comes with a new 10 page list of updated protocols for personal services like piercing and other similar industries.

Below are a few of the suggested safety protocols for services that require prolonged close contact with clients.

❑Consider installing portable high-efficiency air cleaners, upgrading the building’s air filters to the highest efficiency possible, and making other modifications to increase the quantity of outside air and ventilation in all offices, guest rooms and other spaces.

For facilities that have not been operating, flush each of the hot and cold-water fixtures for five minutes prior to reopening to replace stale water in the facility’s plumbing with a fresh and safe water supply.

❑Clients are contacted before the visit to confirm the appointment and to advise/ask the following:
o Bring and use a face covering (preferably with ear loops) during the visit.
o Do not bring friends, guests, viewers, or others to the appointment.
o Whether they or someone in their household is exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms. If the client answers in the affirmative reschedule the appointment.

❑ Symptom checks are conducted before visitors may enter the facility. Checks must include a check-in concerning cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and fever or chills. These checks can be done in person or through alternative methods such as on-line check in systems or through signage posted at the entrance to the facility stating that visitors with these symptoms should not enter the premises. If the customer is exhibiting any symptoms, has been sick, or has been exposed to someone who has been sick, the appointment is rescheduled at least 14 days in the future.
o Both screener and customer should wear a face covering for the screening.
o Common areas and frequently touched objects (e.g., tables, doorknobs or handles,
light switches, phones) which should be disinfected on an hourly basis during business hours using EPA approved disinfectants;
o All handles, hoses, spray nozzles, and other equipment before and after use on a customer;
o All payment portals, credit card readers, pens, and styluses after each use.

❑ Hospital grade Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved products are used to clean and disinfect anything the client came in contact with, including treatment tables, face cradles, stools, etc. Follow the product manufacturer’s recommendations for contact time.

This highlighted section above is new content provided by the city specific to body art. Please see that nose and mouth services are currently suspended. At our piercing studio, New Flower, we won’t be offering any services, or even sales for jewelry, for the mouth or nose. We appreciate our clients understanding that we have an obligation to protect out staff

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.