Order Includes Nail Salons, Barbershops, Gyms, Tattoo Parlors, etc.
GLOUCESTER — In an effort to expand and continue the practice of social distancing in Gloucester, Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Public Health Director Karin Carroll and Emergency Management Director and Assistant Fire Chief Joe Aiello announce that an emergency order has been issued for all personal care businesses in the city to close on Sunday, March 22.
Personal care businesses include, but are not limited to:
- Hair salons
- Nail salons
- Day spas
- Massage and body work establishments
- Tattoo, piercing and body art establishments
- Aesthetics establishments
- Tanning salons
- Gyms and fitness centers
The order will go into effect at 12 p.m. (noon) on Sunday, March 22.
With guidance from the City’s public health officials, along with information received from state, federal and global public health agencies, the City has been assessing activities, businesses and service sectors that pose the greatest risk of spreading the novel coronavirus during this health crisis. Community members and business owners should anticipate further measures in the near future in addition to those announced today.
“We recognize the hardship this order will have on many businesses in the community, but we feel it is in the best interest of our City as a way to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” Mayor Romeo Theken said. “We are grateful for the community’s continued efforts as everyone does their part during this difficult time.”
This Emergency Order shall remain in effect until notice is given, pursuant to the Board of Health’s judgment, that the Public Health Emergency no longer exists.
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