June 12, 2020 NEWS RELEASE: State Releases New Guidance for Personal Care Services, Nail Salons, and Others to Reopen Effective June 19

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released new industry guidance documents providing information for businesses to safely reopen following the statewide Stay-at-Home Order. The newly released guidance documents apply to expanded personal care services including: nail salons, tattoo parlors, and body waxing to create a safer environment for workers and patrons. The newly released guidance is available on the California COVID19 Response website. Further guidance documents can also be found on the CDPH website. The intent of this new guidance is for industries to review and thoughtfully prepare to implement safety modifications for reopening. The guidance documents released today are not effective until June 19. Businesses and employers can access the full list of permitted statewide industry guidance to reduce risk at www.covid19.ca.gov.  
“Moving further into reopening relies heavily on following the public health guidelines and implementing safety measures to prevent any further spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” stated Karen Elliott, Tulare County HHSA’s Public Health Director. “In order to reopen Tulare County safely, we must continue to be remain vigilant in following the issued guidelines.”  
To successfully reopen and continue to meet statewide reopening metrics, it is important for Tulare County residents to follow recommendations set forth by our County Health Officer and Public Health Branch. We urge everyone to abide by the safety precautions in protecting our most vulnerable populations and those at high risk for severe illness from COVID19. Continue to practice social distancing, wear face coverings, frequently wash your hands and disinfect high-traffic surfaces, and stay home when sick.   
Contact Tracing is Vital
More importantly, anyone who is contacted by Public Health and contact tracers needs to follow all recommendations, including isolation if necessary. Contact tracing is vital to slowing the spread of COVID-19, and it is imperative for everyone to cooperate with contact tracers and provide information about individuals with whom you may have come into contact. The contact-tracing process enables the County Public Health Branch to track down individuals who may have been exposed and prevent any further spread of the coronavirus. Please remember, contact tracers will never ask individuals for their personal information, such as bank accounts, credit card numbers, or social security numbers.   
Additional Resources for Employers and Businesses
To ensure the safety of our community while reopening, the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency recommends the use of the comprehensive resources for employers and businesses looking to reopen:  

For more information about COVID-19, visit www.tchhsa.org/ncov and www.covid19.tularecounty.ca.gov

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