HPPH clarifies misunderstanding on personal services settings

Huron-Perth, ON – Huron Perth Public Health would like to clarify expectations about whether personal service settings can be open. Personal services settings (PSS) include hair salons and barbershops, manicure and pedicure salons, aesthetician services, piercing services, tanning salons, spas and tattoo studios.

Personal Service Settings are not permitted to open at any time during this current provincial shutdown. A misreading of the provincial legislation has led to confusion that personal services settings may be eligible to open on April 12, 2021; however this is not the case.

The confusion stems from Ontario Regulation 82/20 containing both instructions for “Shutdown Zone” and “Grey Zone”.

Although “Grey Zone” instructions (specifically Schedule 7 - Section 22.1 (1), Under “Grey Zone”) reference an amendment to personal services settings, these instructions are not applicable at this time since the COVID-19 Response Framework (colour-coded zones) is paused.

Instead, the “Shutdown Zone” requirements are in effect. This means under Ontario regulation 82/20 businesses must refer to Shutdown Zone - Schedules 1 – 5 only. In the Shutdown Zone Schedules, personal services settings are not listed as businesses that may be open.

Public Health Manager Lori Holmes says it can be challenging to understand the legislation and constant change associated with it. “We know this is an extremely frustrating time for business owners due to restrictions and that many operators are being asked by their clients to receive personal services such as haircuts and salon services at this time. We ask that members of the public please be respectful and be kind to businesses who must follow the law and be closed during this provincial shutdown.”

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