Guidelines issued from the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology

County of Santa Barbara logoIn response to requests from Santa Barbara personal care practitioners desiring to move some of their activities outdoors, Governor Newsom announced today that State of California guidelines have been modified to allow some personal care activities to occur in outside locations. Prior to the issuance of new guidelines, barbershops and hair salons were required by the State of California to remain closed. State law and regulations required that certain personal care services must occur within an indoor licensed setting.

Other personal care services, such as nail salon services and massages, are also authorized by the State for re-opening outdoors. Piercing, tattoo and electrolysis services are still prohibited from re-opening at this time.

The new guidelines outline the State of California’s requirements that must be met before an establishment may re-open in conformance with local regulations. For more information, visit the County of Santa Barbara’s website at

Licensees should check with local zoning and permitting rules which may also apply to outdoor operations.

For general questions about COVID-19 and precautions currently recommended by Santa Barbara County Public Health, residents may call the Santa Barbara County Call Center at (833)-688-5551 or visit