IMPORTANT MEMBER UPDATE - November 24, 2020
NOVEMBER 24, 2020 - COVID-19 GUIDELINES <--- click to view
Follow all Public Health Orders and the Association's Guidelines at all times.
Possible COVID -19 Exposure locations https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/alerts-notices/#possible-exposures
Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced today November 24,
new restrictions in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and across the Province.
The new restrictions will be effective as of 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, November 26, 2020, and will continue for two
weeks until midnight December 9, 2020, with the possibility of extension.
all services that require the removal of a mask, such as facials, makeup, microdermabrasion, beard and moustache
trims, etc. In addition, all retail sale areas must be reduced to maximum 25% capacity.
These restrictions apply to personal service businesses such as hairdressing, esthetics, and nails. Salons in western
and central HRM can continue business with the exception of procedures that cannot be done while a patron is masked.
See COVID-19 RESTRICTED AREA for boundaries.
Masks must be worn at all times by service providers and clients while in a salon or spa.
The Association is currently updating the guidelines and they will be available on the website shortly (update: now added).
Please continue to stringently follow all protocols, Public Health Orders issued by the Province and
Guidelines issued by the Cosmetology Association.
We must help to stop this spread. If you know of anyone not following these COVID -19 rules, please contact
MEMBER UPDATE - July 27, 2020
Starting at 12:01 a.m. on July 31, non-medical masks are mandatory in most indoor public places.
Non-medical masks are mandatory in the following indoor public places:
Please click here for answers to frequently asked questions regarding these new regulations.
Update July 14, 2020
Below is an important message from Dr. Strang regarding the Public Health Order and the reopening process
in Nova Scotia. Please note the following message:
"Dr. Strang now recommends that all Nova Scotians wear a non-medical mask in situations where distancing
may not be able to be kept, such as in stores, on public transit, or at gatherings. The exceptions are children
under two or anyone who has a medical reason for not wearing a mask."
For more information about the recent updates to the reopening process, please click here for correspondence
from Dr. Strang.To learn more about these changes, click here.
Please read the attachments in their entirety.
The Nova Scotia Government has just announced the reopening of businesses
on June 5, 2020.
Industry Guidelines have been approved. These guidelines will help Members prepare to reopen salons and
offer services to the public once again. It will be up to all independent businesses, individual
business owners, and cosmetologists to make decisions following Covid-19 rules and using these Guidelines
to implement the best practices for your business, your clients, and your staff when reopening.
There are many different business situations in this Industry. Some salons are small, with only one proprietor;
some have a small number of employees, and some are larger with multiple employees. Please read
these Guidelines in their entirety in order to decide which situation best fits your personal and business
JULY 3, 2020 - COVID-19 GUIDELINES <--- click to view
The Cosmetology Association would like to reiterate that the wearing of masks by a cosmetologist and their client is
QUESTION REGARDING WEARING OF MASKS
a requirement as per the Association's guidelines (updated June 3, 2020); however, it is up to individual
businesses/cosmetologists as to whether or not they choose to provide a service to someone WITH A MEDICAL
REASON who is not wearing a mask.
In addition, the Reopening Nova Scotia website has also been set up, which provides important information and
resources as the Province prepares to re-open for business:
For all other information, such as templates, signage, and PPE suppliers, please view the menu on the left.
July 3, 2020 - Industry Update
There is no denying that COVID-19 has presented this Country, and many others, with difficult challenges. This includes the Cosmetology Industry of Nova Scotia, among others.
As we learn and grow together, the Association continues to update the Guidelines with the intention of keeping our Members and the Public as safe as possible.
To maintain your safety, all salons and spas must follow the Provincial Nova Scotia Public Health Order (which can be found at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/working-during-covid-19/) and the Association’s COVID-19 Guidelines, as approved and indorsed by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Robert Strang.
Effective as of Friday, July 3, 2020
Changes to the Guidelines are highlighted below. The Guidelines can be found on the Association’s website and on the NS Government COVID-19 website at https://novascotia.ca/reopening-nova-scotia/prevention-plans/#sector-plans.
All other Guidelines remain unchanged.
Restrictions on services such as beard trims, make-up applications, facials, facial waxing, threading or sugaring, etc. have been lifted, but come with mandatory rules.
When providing a service to the facial area:
- The service provider must wear a mask and a face shield.
- Clients must wear a mask when entering the salon or spa if they cannot social distance from other clients and services providers, before and after a service and if they are remaining in the salon or spa for additional services.
- All clients must be properly screened for COVID-19 (each time they visit a salon or spa), especially prior to the removal of a mask (by continuing to use the salon or spa’s COVID-19 tracing questionnaire and maintaining same for a minimum of 30 days).
- The client may remove their mask only for the allotted time of the face service, and only if the service provider feels it is safe for them to do so while providing the service.
- Masks and face shields must be worn and discarded or properly disinfected after each service.
Continue to remain safe by following all COVID-19 protocols!
COVID-19 has not gone away; we are still under the threat of contamination. All cosmetologists must wear a mask while providing any cosmetology service on a client, to protect the client. Masks may be removed only when social distancing is maintained or when they are soiled or dirty.*
Clients must continue to wear a mask while in the salon or spa if they cannot maintain social distancing (following all other COVID-19 protocols), for the protection of your service providers and to continue to help reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. However, there are individuals who may not be able to wear a mask and accommodation can be made by the practitioner, if the practitioner is willing and feels they are safe to provide the service on the client while maintaining social distancing from other clients and staff.
REMINDER: Everyone must continue to maintain social distancing (other than when you are providing a one-on-one service to a client) following the Public Health Order for Businesses.
*Removing a mask allows for the possible spread of COVID-19
Provincial Inspectors will monitor businesses for compliance with the Public Health Order and the Association Guidelines.
May 20, 2020 Industry Update
Join the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia's Executive Board Chair, Cameron DeBaie, and Dana Sharkey,
Executive Director as they introduce proposed Guidelines for the industry's return to work when the time comes.
This Round Table discussion will be an informative presentation on key salon requirements. We will be answering common
questions from participants in order to help with improving the practical understanding of the Guidelines.
Please note that there is limited capacity for participants in the Round Table discussion.
The date is scheduled for May 21st at 11 am.
Full documentation of protocols will be provided to all members soon.
Please register by following this link.
May 20, 2020 Industry Update
Since Salons and Spas were mandated to close, the Association has been keeping Members informed and up
to date on Covid-19 and available resources and funding programs through Social Media, on the Association’s
website, by email, private messages, and phone calls.
We understand that Members have been anxiously awaiting guidelines and recommendations for reopening
here in Nova Scotia. The Association wants to let you know that we have been working diligently for the past six
weeks - monitoring websites, working with many provinces across Canada, speaking with Government, and
responding to many emails and messages from individuals and stakeholders here in NS. We have also received
guidelines from various companies that we have reviewed but have not engaged in the use of them.
(Many industry documents across Canada are similar in the requirements for dealing with Covid-19)
Approval of such serious Guidelines takes time and we cannot answer questions that we do not have the
correct responses to. It is good to review other guidelines to see their required protocols, but we want to
avoid confusion and communicate only the facts.
The Association has created a guideline document for the reopening of salons and spas in Nova Scotia with
great care. The Association did not want to put out a document early to avoid misinformation and undue costs
associated with the purchase of unnecessary equipment. We were also advised not to release this document
prior to approval by Dr. Robert Strang and the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. The Association
is happy to report we are now in the final edits, working directly with Dr. Strang and his team, along with OHS
on the Guidelines that will be implemented.
We assure you that your Executive Board and staff have been working on your behalf to get the information
out to you as soon as possible and will provide the Guidelines to Members by email, Social Media, and the
Association’s website. We encourage you to share the information with friends and colleagues when the
time comes to ensure that everyone receives the correct information for Nova Scotia.
The Government of Nova Scotia will have the final say on when we will reopen.
We have also been assembling information to support Members through the next phase of COVID-19. As a
reminder to Members, continue to monitor our website and Social Media platforms for changes as our
Government announces the next steps in the process of reopening our economy.
Some helpful links that you will want to check out:
Facebook Members Only Group
Facebook Business Owners Group
We are expecting our Industry Guidelines to be released by 5:00 pm tomorrow (May 21). This document
will be emailed to Members and will also be accessible in the links mentioned above. Managing the risks
of COVID-19 in the workplace requires multiple strategies that must be used in combination with our
Guidelines in order to be effective. Business employers/owners, employees, and customers all have
important roles to play in taking steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
We encourage all businesses to begin to prepare for reopening by creating your business protocols for both your
staff and your customers. Your individual plan should include the following steps:
• Designate COVID-19 committee
• Provide workplace safety education
• Train your employees
• Prepare and inform your customers
• Prepare for transactions
It is important for members to check with Provincial and Federal levels of Government as they will also be
providing reopening support and guidelines for businesses.
We have also prepared templates for Members to download. There are also many helpful Government sites with
downloadable forms and posters.
We have been sourcing suppliers of Personal Protective Equipment and have a full list of companies listed below.
Please scroll down to the previous update. We continue to add to this list as more and more companies are
pivoting their organization to meet this need.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.
May 6, 2020 Industry Update
Currently, there is no date in place for the reopening of Salons and Spas in Nova Scotia. The Government is
cautiously watching the numbers for COVID-19 cases as they begin to level and go down. This is a good sign;
however, it is still too early to speculate on re-opening dates.
We want to stress – there has been no plan announced by our Government to any industry or business in
Nova Scotia at this time.
As you prepare for this re-opening, here are some of the Personal Protective Equipment that Cosmetologists
may require and helpful links to source these PPE supplies. Please note that we have also been communicating
with our industry suppliers and all of them are preparing for the stock that will be needed for our Members.
The Government is also working with other Nova Scotia Businesses that have the potential to pivot their operations
to provide much needed protective equipment during this crisis so that businesses will have access to these items.
We are also solidifying a contact for Plexi-Glass installation for businesses wanting to add this to areas of their business.
There will be a discount of 15% offered to Members. We will include the link here when it has been confirmed.
If you have links for other companies, let us know and we will continue to add to this list.
We encourage our Members to support our local industry suppliers first and we have a list including contact
information for them below.
Eastern Esthetics – firstname.lastname@example.org
Maritime Beauty Supplies – email@example.com
Cosmo Prof Beauty – contact your local sales rep or visit the store link
We have also included a list of several other businesses that we have been working with to access supplies. These can be found in the COVID-19 Supplier List Tab in the drop-down menu.
May 4, 2020 Industry Update
We understand that Members are anxiously awaiting guidelines for reopening here in Nova Scotia.
Our Executive Board Chair, Cameron DeBaie has sent an update to Members to provide information on
where we are at in this process. Please check your mailbox including junk/other folder if you have not
received it. It may take time to arrive. There is also a link to it here.
Should you have any further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
April 6, 2020 Industry Update
The Association would like to provide our Members with the following guidelines created in consultation with our
Accountant and Lawyer regarding the sale of retail products during COVID-19. The Association should not tell
you what to do. We are here to provide important and relevant information as it becomes available.
The Government's message is clear: "Stay the Blazes Home."
Please read this document to learn more about selling products during COVID-19.
March 26, 2020 Industry Update
As a matter of public health and safety, we all need to work together to contain this virus. This is an uncertain time for all of us and we are working hard to provide our Members with answers to frequently asked questions to help us navigate these next weeks.
COVID-19 Questions & Answers
We will continue to add to these Questions & Answers in the coming days and weeks.
Questions & Answers:
Do we have to close?
Yes. This is an order issued under the Nova Scotia Health Protection Act. It is a criminal offense to ignore it.
Is there an estimated date that we will be able to reopen our businesses?
Currently, there has been no suggested date of return from the Government. This decision will be dependent on how quickly we can contain the spread of this virus. If we all follow the medical advice from our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Strang, we can contain the spread of COVID-19 quickly and return to work when it is safe to do so.
Would we be penalized if we stayed open – I work on my own?
It is against the law to remain open during a Mandated Closure by our Government. This is an order issued under the Public Health Act. It covers all salons, spas, irrespective of the size. There is a fine for non-compliant to the amount of $7500 daily.
If we have a salon in a nursing home can we still work?
No. Every business that provides a personal service (salons, spas, nails) must close. It is impossible to maintain the Physical Distance of 1.5 meters while doing cosmetology services. Those businesses or individuals who are non-compliant can face fines of $7500 per day.
Where do I report a salon, spa, or service provider still offering services to customers?
We request that you call your local NON-Emergency Police Department in your area. You will need to provide the name of the business, the address and as much detail as you can.
Here are some non-emergency numbers:
- Amherst Police
- Annapolis Royal Police
- Bridgewater Police
- Cape Breton Regional Police
- Halifax Regional Police
- Kentville Police
- New Glasgow Police
- Stellarton Police
- Truro Police
- Westville Police
It is up to the individual business at this time. We do recommend that all Members adhere to the guidelines set out by the Nova Scotia Government regarding any workplace. Please keep in mind that this can change at any time as it is not an essential service. *Please note that Government Support may be affected if you continue to operate a portion of your business.
Can we sell mixtures of colour to our clients for them to use at home?
The Cosmetology Association does not condone the selling of professional products, mixed products (colour, masks, etc.) to clients during this pandemic, as there could potentially be a serious liability issue or transfer of the virus for the Member who is selling the product.
*If any injury results post-application on the member's instruction, a client may sue for that injury. (example - colour in eyes, burnt scalp, etc.)
*Professional colour is not for public use.
*A study suggests that people may acquire the coronavirus through respiratory droplets and touching contaminated surfaces. Scientists discovered the virus is detectable for up to three days on plastic and stainless steel.
*Most insurance policies protect in-salon services only. We've been told by at least one insurance company that "there would be no coverage for providing this service outside the salon and the Members risks having their policy cancelled."
Is there a reliable source that I can find answers to protecting my health and to reduce the spread of COVID-19?
Yes! Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia, Dr. Robert Strang, has released a series of videos to inform the public and answer many questions. Please visit this link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3_wpa7sCiM&list=PLwLZ9YtgHtLBm1odkXZF3BUzJMICkD8aL&index=6&t=0s. There are also a series of questions and answers from him designed specifically for children.
Where can I learn about the Government updates that are scheduled each day?
There is a webcast that is scheduled on the Nova Scotia Government website and can be accessed by the following link: https://novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast/
What can I do to help Front Line Workers?
The Association is committed to supporting the public health and government response to the Coronavirus. Many Pharmacies and Shelters are in demand of masks and gloves, and disposable pedicure sandals. We encourage all salon and spas to consider donating their supplies to a Hospital, Shelter or Pharmacy near you. If you are unsure where to drop these items off, please private message the Association and we will put you in touch with someone near you.
- Pharmacies – seeking gloves and masks for pharmacists and patients
- Hospitals – seeking disposable pedicure sandals for showering after shifts
- Shelters – seeking gloves and masks for staff
No. The government has mandated that we only interact with one another for essential services.
Am I required to pay my chair rent during this closure?
During this crisis, it would up to the salon/spa owner to decide whether rent is due, unless there is a clause in the contract agreement.
Are there any other companies providing support to small businesses during this closure?
There are several companies doing what they can to help during this crisis. Here is a list of a few that we are aware of.
- NS Power has announced that they will waive late fees and ensure no power will be shut off during the next three months as well as providing payment options.
- Banks are deferring mortgages and loans and providing lines of credit to those who require this. Please contact your bank using the numbers on this page.
- Bell Alliant is offering businesses clients service adjustments and extra usage and credit.
- Eastlink is offering free HBO for two months. They are also suspending services until June 1st and no charge to reconnect later.
- AIL Insurance is waiving premiums for 1 year for those who have personal insurance with them. Or call 902.
Are there any classes, workshops, meetings, or exams being held at the Association?
No. The Association Office is closed until further notice and all scheduled events, meetings, workshops, WCB meetings, Information Sessions, classes, and exams have been postponed until a later date. These will be rescheduled in the days and weeks following a return to work by the Government.
FinancialWhere do we find financial aid?
The Federal Government outlined extensive programs and funding in response to COVID-19.
This situation is evolving. https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html Its bests to check the government of Canada website for the most up to date information.
The Government has recently replaced the initial two new programs announced March 23rd with one that will allow easier access and applicable to all Canadians. It is a flat amount of $2000 per month. It will be available after April 6th with payments expected within 14 days of that date. Please visit this link to learn more and to answer all your questions about this program. https://cupe.ca/canada-emergency-response-benefit-qa?fbclid=IwAR237gXosd20DWs27i-Acz5-QrBrDAjqyyX7lDaK7uHX6IxNOSb0lCJJBlM
As owners, do we have to issue lay offs?
Yes. If you are an employer, you are required to issue a layoff for employees to allow them access to the programs. However please note that the government has waived the waiting period to apply for EI. To the latest information click here: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html
Can we apply for EI with a T4?
The requirements and website for applying for EI during the COVID 19 pandemic are here https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html
In addition to these questions and answers, please visit this link for more information from our Government.
Update: March 20, 2020 (4:30 p.m.)
We are committed to adding COVID-19 information that applies to our Cosmetology Industry specifically as the days and weeks continue.
Please visit the link for today's Webcast from our Premier and Chief Health Officer held at 3pm March 20th.
March 20th Nova Scotia Webcast
A.I.L. Personal Insurance Policies
We have received information from AIL Insurance that Members who have purchased additional Personal Insurance from them (**this is not the $4000 life insurance policy that each member has from them through the Association), that they will be waiving premiums for 12 months.
Message from AIL: "Members who have personal policies with us and are laid off from their place of employment are able to have premiums waived and no repayment for up to 12 months. They must fill out the attached form and have their employer or union state the date they were laid off."
Please visit their website for more information.
**We want to be clear - there is no need to contact them unless you have purchased additional PERSONAL INSURANCE from them. The $4000 automatic No Cost Life Policy through the Association is not affected by this.
Update: March 19th, 2020 (3:00 p.m.)
Madatory Closure of all Salons and Spas - Effective Midnight Tonight, March 19, 2020
The office will be closing along with Salons and Spas effective today, but we will continue to work from home to monitor emails and update members on our website and on the Members' Facebook Group.
Check back often as we continue to monitor and update on changes in the next few days and weeks. You can also visit our Facebook private Members' Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CANSmember/?source_id=266600917711. Our private group chat allows members to ask questions and discuss important issues as they happen with other cosmetologists, salon and spa owners, and your Association. A private channel to discuss Member topics has never been as important as it is now.
Q&A We also have a link to frequently asked questions & answers. This will be updated as we have more answers.
At 3:00 pm on March 18, 2020, the Nova Scotia Government mandated the immediate closure of all salons and spas in the Province. A recording of the news conference is available here: https://www.youtube.com/user/nsgov.
Details of additional measures announced by the Government to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 and increase capacity within the health system to respond are outlined below:
-- personal service and fitness establishments such as hair salons, barber shops, spas, nail salons, body art establishments and gyms must shut down on or before midnight on Thursday, March 19th
-- doctors and pharmacists have new options for virtual care, using telephone and secure videoconferencing
-- pharmacists can renew prescriptions for most medications and government will cover the assessment fee
-- employers cannot require a doctor’s note if an employee must be off work
-- The College of Physicians and Surgeons is waiving the fee for retired doctors to renew their licences so they can come back to work
-- retired and other nurses are being brought into the system to assist with 811 staffing
-- all service providers funded through the Department of Community Services’ Disability Support Program - including social enterprises, day programs, and supported employment programs for adults with diverse abilities will close to participants and the public
NSHA and IWK have further restricted visitors and instituted other measures like online mental health supports and more assessment centres. More information is available at the links below:
The full news release is available at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200318004 and in French at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200318005.
The Federal Government has also announced plans being put in place for the financial assistance offered to Canadians being affected by job layoffs, business, closures, etc. For more information regarding this announcement, please visit www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-coronavirus-financial-supports-1.5500045.
Several major banks, including Royal Bank of Canada, CIBC, Scotiabank, and TD Bank are offering clients several options to assist in their time of need. We encourage you to contact your financial institution to inquire about mortgages, loans, payment deferrals, etc. https://www.canadianrealestatemagazine.ca/market-update/big-six-banks-to-allow-6month-mortgage-payment-deferral-327631.aspx .
The Federal Government has also announced two new benefit programs for individuals who do not fall under the regular EI program, please visit www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/corporate/notices/coronavirus.html.
A number of new resources have been developed for businesses and individuals, including:
- Prevent the spread of COVID-19 (printable poster) - https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/COVID-19-Prevention-EN.pdf
- Information on how to self-isolate (fact sheet) - https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/Self-Isolation-Information-for-Travellers-EN.pdf
- Information on social distancing (fact sheet) - https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/Social-Distancing-EN.pdf
As announced earlier today, Nova Scotia has 12 cases of COVID-19, including nine presumptive and three confirmed cases. The news release is available at: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200318001 and in French at https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200318002.
The Association realises the enormous impact this situation will have on everyone. It is important to remember that we’re all in this together. Industries around the World are feeling the impact of COVID-19.
As always, we are available by direct email at email@example.com
Stay Safe everyone!
COVID-19 Update - March 18, 2020
Mandatory Closure of all Salons and Spas as of midnight on Thursday, March 19, 2020.
We have been working together with both the Chief Medical Officer of Health Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Government and our colleagues in New Brunswick (The Cosmetology Association of New Brunswick) and PEI (The PEI Hairdressers Association.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been evolving daily, and in some cases, hourly. Thank you for your support and patience during these unprecedented times. As of today, March 18th, the Government of Nova Scotia has mandated that all Salons and Spa close as of Thursday at midnight to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The following link will provide Members with the Governments economic response plan and provide answers to many questions regarding financial support for individuals and businesses.
We are preparing a list of FAQs for you. These will be posted to our website and to our Social Media. We will keep these updated throughout this pandemic.
We will get through this and we will come out stronger as an Association. Thank you for your patience, support and cooperation.
The Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia
HEALTH/WELLNESS--Five New Presumptive Cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia
As of today, Nova Scotia has three confirmed cases and nine presumptive cases of COVID-19.
Five new cases were identified Tuesday, March 17. Four of the cases are travel-related and one is connected to an earlier case.
The 12 individuals affected range in age from early 30's to mid-70's. They are all in self-isolation and recovering at home.
Public health has been in contact with these individuals and working to identify others who may have come in close contact with them. Those individuals are also being directed to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days. They are located across the province. Northern Nova Scotia is the only region without a positive case of COVID-19 at this time.
The province is testing daily, working with our partners at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. To date, Nova Scotia has 1,141 negative test results, nine presumptive positive cases and three confirmed cases.
Anyone who has travelled outside of Canada must self-isolate for 14 days when they return to Nova Scotia. If you have been in close contact with someone who has travelled and are experiencing fever (above 38 C) and/or new cough you should complete the online questionnaire before calling 811. The online questionnaire can be found at: https://811.novascotia.ca/
Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus .
Today's update will be livestreamed at 3 p.m. on https://novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast , @nsgov Facebook and YouTube channels
-- testing numbers are updated daily at https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
-- the Government of Canada has issued a travel advisory asking Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice
-- Nova Scotia's Health Protection Act gives the chief medical officer of health the authority to give advice to protect public health and decrease risk to public health presented by communicable diseases such as COVID-19
The Public Health Agency of Canada maintains a list of affected areas: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/covid-19-affected-areas-list.html
Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus
Government of Canada toll-free information line 1-833-784-4397 Nova Scotia Public Health offices: http://www.nshealth.ca/public-health-offices
COVID-19 Update (March 17, 2020)
As the Professional Association for all Cosmetologists in Nova Scotia we have two main objectives
- Promote the Profession
- Protect the Public
In these extraordinary times we are working daily and even hourly to ensure that we do everything we can to meet both of these two important objectives.
This is an unprecedented time.
We take our direction on how best to protect the public from the Chief Medical Officer of Health. We know that Dr. Robert Strang is in the best position to make the recommendations and decisions on how best to work safely and interact with the public for the protection of not only the public’s health but, as importantly, the health of our members. He has better information and better expertise than we do in this public health crisis. We are listening to him.
We are in constant contact with the authorities who have all of the information and expertise to make the best decisions for all involved. It’s the right thing to do. It is the smart thing to do. It is the responsible thing to do.
Our commitment is to continue to work with the authorities and we will convey to you immediately up-to-the-minute direction on how best to manage this situation.
We are committed to doing our best throughout this pandemic to ensure that we deliver on both of our key objectives to the benefit of both the public and the profession.
Your support is important during this critical time. We are one family. We will only get through this together. Never has a commitment to community been more important than it is right now.
We can be certain of only one thing: we will be stronger on the other side of this uncertain time if we work together and look after one another now.
Further to information posted on our website and Social Media last week, the Association is monitoring on an hourly basis all updates issued by the Federal and Provincial Governments. We encourage you to follow the Association’s website and Social Media (Members Only Group) for ongoing Member conversation and further updates.
At this time and until the Public Health Officer/Government mandates closure, it is a personal business decision for privately owned businesses to remain open.
Update (March 16, 2020, 4:00pm)
The Association has been updated by NS Public Health, who advises they cannot provide anymore information than that which is available on the Provincial Government's Covid-19 information page. https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#alerts.
We again encourage all Members to closely monitor this website for information and updates regarding this virus. Please note that the Premier has confirmed today they are looking at measures to assist those who normally don't qualify for employment insurance and should have more information regarding this subject posted soon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-f1SR8sQC8
COVID-19 Information (Updated March 16, 2020)
COVID -19 is an example of why salons, spas and cosmetologists are regulated by the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia, to ensure the utmost protection of cosmetologists and the general public.
COVID-19 is now a global pandemic and is rapidly spreading. The Cosmetology Association is closely monitoring this situation and will provide regular updates as developments warrant. We all need to do our part to help with controlling the spread of this virus.
The Association will close its doors to the general public as of March 16, 2020. We will remain open for emails and telephone calls only.
At this time Government has not recommended closures of salons/spas. As of today, the Government has issued a mandatory self-isolation period of 14 days for anyone who has recently travelled outside of the Country. https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200313002
“Public sector employees who travel outside of Canada, including the United States, will be required to self-isolate upon their return. Government introduced the travel protocols today, March 13, to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the province”.
The Association is greatly concerned for the well-being of its Members, their families and the public. We need to take action to help stop this virus! We encourage everyone to please practice the following protocols:
• Post sign regarding COVID-19 and your salon’s active process
• Avoid close contact (hugs and hand shaking)
• Follow strict sanitation and disinfection processes throughout the day
• Disinfect all table/counters, phones, and electronics (ie: computers, debit machines, etc.) throughout the day
• Continually clean/disinfect the salon floors, beds, chairs, stations, doorknobs (when there is multiple use throughout the day)
• Disinfect nail lights after every client
• Use disposable gloves when handling money with clients and discard after each use
• Have clear access for everyone to soap and running water
• Recommend clients wash their hands immediately when entering, during and when leaving the salon
• Have hand sanitizer throughout the salon (pump if available)
• Use disposable drinking mugs and glasses
• Recommend those traveling outside of NS or feeling unwell to reschedule appointments, to ensure the safety of all staff and visiting clients
• Stay home if ill, especially if you have a fever and or a new cough
• Prepare for possible immediate closure
The spread of the COVID19 virus will no doubt have an impact on salons and spas in Nova Scotia.
Salon/Spa Owners - please continue to ensure employees and/or renters feel comfortable during work periods.
• Keep employees/renters informed and schedule mutually agreeable work hours
• Hold regular staff meetings to update, share information and hear their concerns
• Avoid large crowds • Set up buddy systems to stay in touch
• Stay home if ill, especially if you have a fever and or a new cough
• Advise other employees/renters if someone is ill
• Do not request medical/doctor notes should an employee become ill or wish to be home
• Check insurance policies ensure coverage in the event of a closure
Continue to monitor the Association’s Social Media and webpage, as well as https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/#alerts for up-to-date information as this situation develops.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. As always, please contact the Association directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions or concerns.
The Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia
COVID-19 (updated March 12, 2020)
Universal precautions are an essential part of the Cosmetology Industry. The Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia continues to monitor the ongoing situation related to COVID-19 (previously known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus).
We are following the recommendations of the Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer as this situation continues to evolve. Currently there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, and the risk of contracting the virus remains low. The Public Health Agency of Canada has also assessed the current risk of infection as low to Canadians.
For updates about COVID-19 please visit the Province of Nova Scotia’s dedicated webpage as they are the primary source of health information for people living in Nova Scotia.
Prevention and Protection
Nova Scotia Public Health is encouraging everyone to practice hygiene measures usually used during cold and flu season, including:
- Washing your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
- Coughing or sneezing into your elbow or tissue (throw the tissue away)
- Limiting contact with others when you are sick
- Limiting touching the eyes, nose, and mouth
- Not sharing items that may contain saliva like utensils and bottles/glasses
- Frequently cleaning surfaces like taps, doorknobs, and countertops
You can further protect yourself and your customers and help prevent the spread of disease by following Universal Precautions as outlined in the Association’s Salon and Spa Handbook (pages 10 to 16). We encourage Members to review all sanitation practices with their employees to ensure universal precautions are being followed.
Please note: All exams, classes and meetings will continue as scheduled. Please follow the Association’s website and Facebook page(s) closely in the upcoming days and weeks for any updates or cancellations.
More information about prevention is available on the Nova Scotia COVID-19 web page.
Nova Scotia COVID-19 web page
Canadian Public Health Agency
World Health Organization (WHO)
Global Affairs Canada Travel Advisory
If you have any questions, please contact us at 902.468.6477.