2020 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5005 (Committee Approved)

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Update COVID-19 Phase 3 Guidelines for Personal Care and Personal Grooming Services (language only)

Item 127 #1h

Item 127 #1h

Commerce and Trade
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation


Page 32, line 1, strike "Not set out." and insert:

"D.  The Secretaries of Commerce and Trade and of Health and Human Resources, the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, the Virginia Department of Health, and the Board for Barbers and Cosmetology shall work with stakeholders to update the COVID-19 Phase 3 or later Personal Care and Personal Grooming Services guidelines no later than November 1, 2020, to authorize any individual licensed to practice under Chapter 7 of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia to temporarily remove a customer's nose and face covering during such time that it must be removed in order to provide a service effectively and safely. The guidelines may require enhanced safety precautions in the absence of a customer face covering, including requiring the licensee to wear a face shield and/or utilize some other similar barrier."


(This amendment sets out Item 127 in the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation and adds language to enable Master estheticians to return to work and provide safe and effective services to clients. Master estheticians are currently unable to work in Virginia due to the mandatory requirement that the licensed esthetician and client both wear face coverings at all times. Currently, 45 other states have implemented guidelines allowing estheticians to resume services by modifying requirements for facial coverings in order to provide services effectively and safely during the COVID-19 emergency. It is the intent of the General Assembly that this item is set out upon enrolling and enrolled appropriately.)