(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department will not move forward in reopening expanded personal care service industries at this time. The California Department of Public Health issued guidance on June 12, 2020 for these industries, stating that reopening can be implemented only with County Health Officer approval following a review of local epidemiological data.

The increase in recent hospitalizations coupled with ongoing increases in COVID-19 positive cases have led to the County’s decision to pause reopening. The Public Health Department will continue to monitor data metrics to evaluate the impact of sectors that have already opened.   An update regarding reopening of expanded personal care services will be provided later next week.  

Personal Care Services that must remain closed include, but are not limited to:

  • Estheticians
  • Skin Care and Cosmetology services
  • Electrology (permanent hair removal)
  • Nail Salons
  • Body Art Professionals
  • Tattoo Parlors
  • Piercing Shops
  • Massage Therapy (including non-healthcare settings)
  • Businesses offering facials, electrolysis, and waxing

“Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of all community members, particularly our most vulnerable, Public Health leadership has decided to hold on further reopening,” shared Dr. Henning Ansorg, Health Officer for Santa Barbara County. “We urge all residents to take this time to evaluate how they can limit their exposure to people outside their homes. This virus will continue to spread unless we take action to stop it.”

All community members are reminded to diligently:

  • Stay home whenever possible. The State’s Stay at Home Order remains in effect.
  • Remain six feet away from others and wear a face covering when away from home.
  • Limit interaction with people outside your home and work place.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

While Santa Barbara County has made the decision to delay reopening of expanded personal services at this time, Ventura County is closely monitoring local conditions and still considering whether to pursue the same course of action with the goal of slowing COVID-19 regionally.

For more information, please visit For general questions about COVID-19, call the Santa Barbara County Call Center at (833)-688-5551.The Call Center is open weekdays (except for holidays) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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