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Personal services guidance (salons, barbers, spas, etc.)

The following is intended as a plain-language summary of rules for hair and nail salons, barbers, body art, spas, massage therapists, during the COVID-19 emergency and does not replace the need to follow all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

The guidance below applies to businesses, organizations, entertainment, cultural, and recreation venues that do not serve food and/or drink. See Restaurants and other venues selling food and/or drink for guidance on cafes or restaurants within your establishment.

Guidance for institutions that choose to be vaccination-only

When choosing to be a vaccination-only business:

  • Unvaccinated patrons/guests including children may briefly (under 15 minutes) enter an establishment to make purchases or use the restroom and should remain masked at all times while indoors.

Proof of vaccination

If your establishment is vaccination-only, you must require that patrons and staff provide proof of vaccination:

  • Determine procedures for checking vaccination status.
  • Read more about ways to check for proof of vaccination (PDF).
  • Ensure that staff and customers are asked about vaccination in a respectful manner and consistent with applicable privacy laws and standards. Businesses and institutions must obey all applicable local, state, tribal, and territorial laws, regulations, and rules as they consider whether to confirm COVID-19 vaccination status.


  • Once you’ve decided how you will comply with the mask mandate, create a plan to communicate to patrons and staff in advance to give them time to prepare to enter/frequent your establishment. See Health Department posters on masking and vaccination requirements.
  • Indoor establishments that allow patrons or staff who are not fully vaccinated into the establishment for any reason must require everyone on site to wear a mask.

Read about general prevention strategies.

If you have questions or concerns, contact PDPH by calling: 215-685-5488 or emailing:

See also

  • Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.
  • If you have questions, call the Department of Public Health at (215) 685-5488.