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Tattoo parlors, massage services now allowed to re-open May 15

Posted at 2:04 PM, May 12, 2020

Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced Tuesday during Governor DeWine's afternoon press conference that tattoo parlors and massages will be permitted to reopen Friday, May 15, with other services.

While criteria and requirements for other personal services like hair and nail salons, barber shops and tanning services were announced already, Husted said the process for approving tattoos, piercings and massages was different.

"Unaddressed at that time under personal services were massage and tattoos and piercings because they were regulated differently and respectively by the medical board and the Ohio Department of Health," said Husted. "Those issues have been resolved and there is agreement on what the protocols should be, and those services will be allowed to reopen with proper safety protocols on May 15 along with all the other personal services."

Requirements for those industries have been listed on the state's website, with instructions on social distance requirements and appropriate sanitization recommendations.

Husted said review groups are still conferring for areas like travel and tourism, casinos, fairs and outdoor recreation like camping and sports, and gyms and fitness centers. There is still no word on when any of these industries will be able to reopen.