T-minus 4 days until  hair salons are legally allowed to reopen in New Jersey -- but who is counting?

BUT....in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, you had to know that mandatory rules and safety precautions would be put into place.

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These rules were issued by the state's Office of the Attorney General so I would make sure you follow them.

"As New Jersey continues to take steps to strategically reopen businesses, we can’t let our guard down,” state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. “As personal care services resume, it’s important that businesses and professionals offering these services — as well as their clients — take precautions to diminish the risk of infection”

FYI: These same rules also apply to electrology offices, tattoo parlors and tanning salons which can ALSO reopen Monday.

According to NJ.com, here are all of the new rules and safety guidelines that MUST be followed by businesses:

  • Screening customers and staff no more than 24 hours before a scheduled appointment and immediately prior to or upon arrival at the business. Any individual who reports having any symptom consistent with COVID-19 in the last 72 hours, or having had exposure to an individual suspected of having had or confirmed to have had COVID-19 in the last 14 days, cannot be permitted to enter, whether for work or a scheduled service.
  • Requiring appointments for all services, with no walk-ins being permitted.
  • Limiting the number of people allowed in an establishment at any given time. Only staff and clients receiving services by appointment should be inside the establishment.
  • Spacing appointments to allow time for cleaning and disinfecting between customers.
  • Checking temperatures for clients and staff prior to entry, regardless of symptoms. Individuals with a temperature over 100.4 shall not be permitted to enter the shop to work or for an appointment.
  • Taking steps to reconfigure the space within the business to ensure at least six feet of distance between individuals wherever possible and implementing adaptations to the space with physical barriers, signs, tape or floor markers to facilitate social distancing.
  • Requiring everyone entering the premises to wear masks or a face covering at all times, with limited exceptions. According to the guidelines, “No services may be performed that would require the removal of the client’s face covering, except that a client may remove their face covering when face down on a massage table.”
  • Requiring the removal of reusable items such as magazines, toys, and samples.
  • Complying with additional requirements for certain services.

I know it seems like a lot and we have all been talking about this "new normal" that is set to take place, but you will get used to it in no time.

A LOT of issues will be avoided with one thing: common sense.

If you aren't feeling well? Stay home.

If you think you may have come in contact with someone who was showing symptoms? Stay home.

If you have a fever? Stay home.

If people are only going out in public when they feel healthy, these cleaning procedures are just an extra layer of security that I think we all can and should appreciate.

Take a look at the original article at NJ.com.