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Douglas County Health Dept. urges beauty service businesses to close

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Posted at 2:38 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 16:04:33-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) issued a statement Tuesday urging beauty service businesses to close amid the coronavirus outbreak.

A section of the order issued March 20, which prohibited gatherings of over 10 people, is relevant to the beauty service industry, DCHD Director Dr. Adi Pour said.

Section 2 of the order reads: “It is further ordered that even for gatherings below this size, if a minimum social distance of six feet between attendees cannot be maintained in the venue or a subdivision thereof, the gathering is prohibited.”

Given the nature of the beauty industry, it's not possible for most services to be performed with a minimum distance of six feet between people.

Dr. Pour said because of the lack of distance, beauty service operations should cease.

This order only applies to Douglas County, not the rest of Nebraska.

See the full statement below.

The Douglas County Health Department wants to clarify the recent updated Directed Health Measures for Douglas County and how that order relates to beauty salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors, massage parlors, and other businesses in the beauty service industry.

The order, issued on Friday, March 20, specifically prohibits gatherings of more than ten people through April 30. There are exceptions that exclude a facility’s staff from the county and buildings that are sub-divided by walls.

However, another section of the order is particularly relevant to the beauty service industry.

Section 2 of the order reads: “It is further ordered that even for gatherings below this size, if a minimum social distance of six feet between attendees cannot be maintained in the venue or a subdivision thereof, the gathering is prohibited.”

Given the nature of this industry, it is not possible for most needed services to be performed, and because of that these operations should cease.

Adi Pour, Ph.D., Director
1111 South 41st Street
Omaha, NE 68105