The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department announced today that it will not move forward in reopening expanded personal care service industries at this time. SB County’s increase in recent hospitalizations coupled with ongoing increases in COVID-19 positive cases have led to the decision to pause reopening. The State is allowing counties to reopen these industries only with County Health Officer approval. The Public Health Department will continue to monitor data metrics to evaluate the impact of sectors that have already opened. An update regarding reopening of expanded personal care services will be provided later next week.

Personal Care Services that MUST REMAIN CLOSED include, but are not limited to:

·       Estheticians

·       Skin Care and Cosmetology services

·       Electrology (permanent hair removal)

·       Nail Salons

·       Body Art Professionals

·       Tattoo Parlors

·       Piercing Shops

·       Massage Therapy (including non-healthcare settings)

·       Businesses offering facials, electrolysis, and waxing

“Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of all community members, particularly our most vulnerable, Public Health leadership has decided to hold on further reopening,” shared Dr. Henning Ansorg, Health Officer for Santa Barbara County. “We urge all residents to take this time to evaluate how they can limit their exposure to people outside their homes. This virus will continue to spread unless we take action to stop it.”

Santa Barbara County’s decision to delay reopening of expanded personal services aligns with Ventura County’s decision to do so as well. This regional consensus allows neighboring communities to be further protected from the spread of COVID-19.

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