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MDH publishes guidance on opening up beauty/barber shops in long-term care

 By Doug Beardsley |  June 11, 2020  |  All members

On Tuesday June 9, 2020, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) published a guidance document regarding using cosmetologists and barbers in nursing facilities and assisted living communities during the visitor restrictions and restrictions of all non-essential healthcare workers currently in place.

Care Providers of Minnesota had been working with representatives from MDH on the guidance ever since the governor announced that salons in the community could reopen effective June 1 with certain limitations. Our concern was that the residents of long-term care would opt to go out into the community to visit a salon or barber shop (as well as a few other stops en route) given these services were closed on long-term care settings. It was agreed that going out into the community created a larger risk than creating guidelines to open these services up within long-term care. In addition, we are hopeful the expansion of these services (if you elect to do so) will help with the isolation of residents and improve resident psychosocial well-being.

There really are two sections of the guidance:
  1. Long-term care specific guidance listed in the document 
  2. Reopening guidance that applies to all personal care services providers 

Both sets of restrictions must be complied with.

A few other comments:
  • The guidance applies to barbers as well as cosmetologists
  • Appointments must be pre-scheduled, no walk-ins should be permitted
  • The guidance also applies to manicures and pedicures
  • Opening-up these salons is not required—it is a decision each long-term care provider must make in consultation with the people who provide such services in your building
  • Opening-up these salons should not be done if the facility is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak

The MDH guidance includes the following:
  • Prior to entering the building, the beautician must be actively screened for fever and symptoms of COVID-19 in the same manner as all other healthcare workers
  • The beautician must wear surgical facemask and eye protection
  • The residents must wear facemask at all times during the hair appointment, unless medically contraindicated
  • No COVID-19-positive residents or symptomatic residents are allowed in the beauty shop
  • Ensure the beauty shop surfaces are disinfected between each resident
  • Only one person at a time can be in the shop
    • The residents should wait to enter until the space is cleaned between residents
    • Residents must maintain six feet social distancing and not congregate outside the beauty shop door
  • There must be hand hygiene supplies available for use before and after contact with the resident
    • Unless hands are visibly soiled, alcohol-based hand rub is preferred over soap and water
    • The beautician must perform hand hygiene before and after contact with the resident
  • The resident must perform hand hygiene upon entry into the beauty shop
  • If the facility is experiencing an outbreak, the facility should suspend beauty shop services until there are no longer residents in transmission-based precautions

Doug Beardsley  |  Vice President of Member Services  |  |  952-851-2489



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