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Guide to Opening Nail Salons, Barbershops, Restaurants & Service Facilities

Whether you own a barbershop, nail salon, restaurant, or any other facility, the safety of your employees and customers is of the highest importance. At the same time, you don't own and operate a business because just for fun — you also do it to earn a living. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a financial crunch and a real dilemma for most small business owners.

As we all begin eyeing reopening, one thing is for certain: business will look a little different than before. For most — if not all — barber shops, nail salons, and restaurants, this means having safeguards and practices in place to protect your employees, protect your customers, and ensure all parties that you are taking the necessary steps to achieve all of the above. 

Let's take a closer look at a few steps business owners should take prior to reopening. 

Create a Plan for Your Restaurant, Barbershop, or Nail Salon

When it comes to creating a plan for reopening your business, one-size-fits-all solutions rarely work. Instead, it's best to create a plan specific to your worksite. Restaurants, salon owners, barbershops, and other service facilities should base their reopening practices on the  Occupational Safety and Health Act Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19. A few key steps include:

  • Create and document a work-site specific COVID-19 prevention plan. This protocol should be provided at every location and include a comprehensive risk assessment of all areas.
  • Designate at least one person at every location to implement and oversee the COVID-19 prevention plan.
  • Identify and document contact information for your local health department to quickly communicate information about coronavirus outbreaks among your staff.
  • Communicate and train your employees on the plan for your barbershop, salon, or restaurant.
  • Conduct random and regular evaluations for plan compliance. Make sure to document and quickly correct any deficiencies that are identified.
  • In the event, you do have an employee with COVID-19, the condition should be investigated. Look to learn whether any work-related factors may have contributed to the risk of infection. Use the information learned to update the plan as necessary to prevent future cases.

Implement Key Top-Level Guidelines for Your Service Facility

Once you have created a plan, you can use the following best practices as guidelines:

  • Consider implementing temperature checks for employees and customers. Salons, barbershops, and restaurants should consider the use of touchless infrared thermometers. They should be used to check the temperature of employees, patrons, and visitors who enter the store.
  • Screen everyone. Ask everyone who enters your business a few simple questions:
  • Have you had a fever?
  • Do you have a cough?
  • Have you been in close proximity to anyone exhibiting these symptoms within the last two weeks?
  • Are you living with anyone who is quarantined or sick?
  • Limit the number of visitors. If you operate a barbershop or salon, consider seeing clients by appointments only. And you should promote either online scheduling or telephonic scheduling. You should also limit the number of people you have in your waiting area.
  • Maintain social distance. Maintaining safe spacing of at least six feet between everyone. Nail salons, barbershops, and restaurants should add extra space between divider shields, booths, and/or alternate work schedules.
  • Disinfection. All barber shops, restaurants, nail salons, beauty salons, and similar businesses should properly and thoroughly disinfect and clean before opening every day. All linens, tools, and surfaces should be disinfected with the proper sanitation techniques. Surfaces should also be wiped down with the appropriate bleach or alcohol solution.
  • Administration. This is simple — if someone is sick, they should stay home. At the same time, make sure to educate your people on the proper handwashing, sneezing and coughing etiquette, proper sanitation techniques, and use of personal protective equipment.

Use of Personal Protective Equipment 

Whether it's a nail salon, barber shop, massage parlor, or restaurant, all employees should wear personal protective equipment. As a business owner, it's up to you to make the right equipment available to your employees. While you may struggle to find protective face masks, Frank Lowe's new face shields are the perfect solution. 

Face Shields Offer All-Day Comfort

Although face masks are effective at preventing the transmission of the COVID-19 via inhalation, they offer no protection for the eyes, which is a key entry point for infectious diseases. However, our new face shields are designed to act as a physical barrier between the wearer and the world. 

Regardless of the industry, face shields make a lot of sense for everyday use. It can protect the wearer from particles transmitted by sneezes, coughs, and liquid splatter. Face shields also help prevent facial touching. Because face shields create a barrier, it causes the wearer to make an extra consideration prior to touching their face. 

Frank Lowe's face shields offer a host of benefits, including:

  • Splatter protection
  • Anti-fog and dustproof
  • Engineered to be worn for long periods without placing pressure on temple
  • Universally comfortable
  • Easy to clean
  • Durable
  • One-size-fits-all

You can order our face shields either assembled or unassembled, which can be an especially convenient option for businesses that need to store significant amounts and struggle with space. 

Ear Savers Improve Face Mask Comfort

All-day wear of face masks can result in painful lesions and broken skin behind the ears due to elastic band friction. In addition to discomfort, this creates an additional point of entry for the coronavirus and other infectious diseases. 

Frank Lowe's ear savers are designed to solve this problem and ensure all-day comfort. Our ear savers rest comfortably behind the head to secure the elastic straps of face masks, which prevents the formation of ear lesions and discomfort. As a necessity for face-mask wearers, our ear savers are:

  • Reusable & easy to clean with common household disinfectants daily. 
  • Customizable
  • Comfortable
  • Suitable for all two-point connection face masks
  • Adjustable hooks make it a one-size-fits-all for adults and children
  • Readily available for orders of all sizes

Reach out to Frank Lowe today to learn more about our ear savers

Contact Frank Lowe for Reopening Personal Protective Equipment

When it comes to reopening your barbershop, nail salon, restaurant, or similar service facility, Frank Lowe offers the key PPE supplies you need. Order your face shields or ear savers from our online store today or contact us to learn more about these PPE products!.

About the Author Randy Cohen

Since 2002, Randy Cohen has served as the Senior Vice President of Frank Lowe — leading Sales and Marketing as well as a variety of Administrative operations. Randy has 25 years of experience with a background in sales & marketing, production and business management, serving both government agencies and private industry. He holds a B.A from Syracuse University and a Masters and Professional Diploma from Fordham University. Randy uses his unique set of experiences to help businesses and entities across all sectors explore, pursue, and create better solutions.

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