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It's illegal to ask for a hair or spa appointment at home during the pandemic

Posted March 30, 2020 5:58 a.m. EDT
Updated March 30, 2020 11:37 a.m. EDT

If you’re looking for a hair stylist or a massage therapist to provide salon or spa services at your home during the statewide order, don't. State officials say it’s illegal and could put you and the service provider in deep trouble.

Since all salons and spas have closed, officials say some providers have been offering or getting requests to make house calls. Lynda Elliott, Executive Director with the N.C. Cosmetic Arts Board, said, since people working in the industry are hands on with the client, there’s no way to keep six feet apart.

Providers who make house calls are at risk of losing their license and being charged with a Class II misdemeanor.

“What happens if you are the person that ends up spreading COVID-19 and individuals die because you weren’t adhering to that social distancing? I think people are not understanding what could happen or the severity of it," Elliott said.

The N.C. Cosmetic Arts Board has a list of frequently asked questions on its website.

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