Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance specifically designated for nail salon workers states that "as a nail salon employee, you might come into contact with the virus that causes COVID-19 at your job by being in close contact with clients or coworkers for more than 15 minutes at a time. " The guidance goes on to state the inevitable: "jobs like manicures, pedicures, and acrylic nails will place you in close contact with clients. For Bertha P. , a nail technician at Sundays in New York City, the need for income outweighs the intense health concerns of returning to the salon.
Pear Nova owner Rachel James says some nail techs sold their own hand-painted press-on nails throughout the studio closure, or survived on "stimulus checks, generous tips from our regulars, and a percentage of sales from Pear Nova [e-commerce]. " Others started GoFundMe campaigns to help pay employees and keep up with rent.
There is no data that pertains specifically to COVID-19 transmission and nail salons, says Catherine Troisi, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Texas. "I do know that in some of the states that are opening up, including [my home state] of Texas, we've seen an increase in cases," she says.
What will your next manicure look like? Allure spoke to nail salon owners to learn more. https://t.co/ehKvqXpnRx— Allure (@Allure_magazine) June 19, 2020
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