The Professional Beauty Association Helps Reopen California Salons

Published by: SalonCentric Team
Sep 01, 2020

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The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) has been at the frontline to help reopen salons in California since their sudden shutdown in July. Working closely with its members and the Governor’s office, PBA was able to help build the roadmap for the professional salon industry’s reopening in California. Late Thursday night, PBA’s government affairs team was included in a private call with Governor Newsom’s office in regard to Friday’s reopening announcement. Serving as a dynamic resource to the state of California since the beginning of the pandemic providing real stories from over 900 PBA members, meaningful data and analytics, and photos, the Association’s tenacity and cooperation has paid off.

As announced through Governor Newsom’s office, a tiered county reopening program has been instituted effective Monday, August 31st, in which salons and barbershops can open indoors following new guidelines, and nail and esthetician services can open according to a county-specific, four-tiered program. PBA will continue to collaborate with the Governor's office to support this reopening roll-out as early as today by participating in a post press conference call this afternoon.

“By engaging early and often, and working with the state of California, we were able to ensure the professional representation of our PBA members,” shares Steve Sleeper, Executive Director of the Professional Beauty Association. Now that California is going back to work, the PBA will maintain its collaboration with the state, offering data, member stories, and further insights, ensuring that the professional beauty industry continues to be represented moving forward.”

Myra Reddy, PBA’s Director of Government Affairs shares, “We’ve made steps in the right direction, and I am thankful for the trust our PBA members placed in us to share their personal stories and engage with ongoing conversations with the California Governor’s office to allow us to collaborate in a way that created a change in the right direction” She continues, “We have worked tirelessly with our membership and I remain grateful for their calls, emails, and outreach. Beyond our collaborative efforts, PBA worked to ensure our California members felt empowered. Their advocacy efforts collectively created change. This movement is about them.”

As the industry’s leading resource, the PBA has previously crafted a series of Recommended Guidelines for salons and spas to follow including increased sanitization measures, installing plexiglass or acrylic partitions, removing coffee and amenity stations, imparting electronic-only transactions, requiring face masks, staggered appointments and waiting in cars, having clients show up with clean hair, and more. The PBA will also be announcing a new GBAC STAR accreditation program in association with GBAC and ISSE. The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities, which institutes the highest level of sanitization standardization.

For up-to-date information from the California Governor’s office, visit https://covid19.ca.gov/.

Also, listen as Myra Reddy, PBA's Director of Government Affairs, provides an update on the current state of re-opening California salons, including what PBA is doing to support salons and how you can get involved:

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