When will you get back to work? A state-by-state guide on when your state will open body art shops

Slowly, some states are starting to ease restrictions on non-essential businesses. Including

tattoo parlors and body art shops. These businesses can open if they follow strict guidelines set by their state and local governments. The new restrictions are not a choice but a must for

businesses to re-open.


Our team will closely monitor the situation and update this list as more states ease restrictions and announce when body art shops can re-open safely.


While reviewing this list, there are states that are specific about what is needed to reopen, while some states are more relax in their policies. As an extra level of protection, FK Irons recommends the following to ensure everyone is safe. Some states already mandate these rules but for artists in other states, it is important to take all precautions.


These protective gears, PPE, and measures can help artists prevent cross-contamination and serve as an extra layer of security against COVID-19.


These tips can be used by any business, if you are not a body art artist these tips can still be helpful.


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Check out the state-by-state guide on when they will open body art and tattoo shops

1. Get everyone’s contact information

When a client or artist enters the shop, get their contact information. Get their name, date in the shop, phone number and address. This is crucial in mitigating community spread. If someone that entered the shop later turns out to be positive for COVID-19, people who entered the shop around that time must be informed. Vice-versa, if a client test positive they should report it to the shop. One person should be responsible for this and best to save this in a Google Doc to avoid touching a notebook or touchpad.


2. Wear an Apron

Aprons are required for tattoo artists in some states such as Alabama, where a "disposable gown or lab coat." These lab coats or disposable gowns act as a physical barrier adding protection. The apron must be thrown away after the workday and only used once.


3. Use EPA approved Disinfectant

Many state’s guidelines emphasize cleanliness and hygiene. As artists, we must go a step further and only use EPA approved products that kill viricidal, bactericidal, and fungicidal activity such as Cavicide. The listed EPA cleaning supplies are all hospital-grade disinfectant and meet the EPA’s criteria for use against the coronavirus.


4. Encourage clients to use electronic payment methods

When available ask clients to pay in Paypal, Venmo, Apple Pay, or Zelle. This eliminates the need for handling cash and credit cards.


5. Call clients before their appointment and ask them a list of questions

While states have required that these questions be asked, it might be best to ask on the phone. This can reduce the amount of time a client is in the shop. Record the answers.


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6. Use wireless devices

As artists we use many devices to create art. From the power supply, the footswitch, the grip and the actual tattoo machine. At FK Irons, we have always listened to the artist and created innovative products that address the needs of the modern artist. This is why our new family of products are known as the wireless revolution. They include the Hover battery supply, Flux wireless tattoo machine, and LightingBolt battery supply.


Check When Your State Will Re-open*

*check with your state

Alabama

Open as of Friday 5/1/2020

List of regulations . VIII


Alaska

Open as of Friday 4/24/2020

List of regulation in Alaska


Arizona

Open as of 5/8/2020


Arkansas

Open as of 5/6/2020


California

TBA

Colorado

Set to open on Monday 5/1/2020

List in Colorado

Connecticut

TBA

Delaware

TBA

Florida

TBA


Georgia

Open as of Friday 4/24/2020

List of guidelines

Hawaii

TBA

Idaho

Expected in Mid-Late May


Illinois

TBA

Indiana

Open as of 5/11/2020

Read more here


Iowa

No shelter in place ordered but shops were closed

Kansas

TBA


Kentucky

Re-open after May 25th

The state is taking proposals from businesses to safely reopen

Louisiana

TBA

Maine

Re-open after July 1st, some rural areas may open before


Maryland

TBA

Massachusetts

TBA

Michigan

TBA

Minnesota

TBA

Mississippi

Open as of Monday 5/11/2020

Missouri

All counties excluding St. Louis County and City pf St. Louis, reopen 5/4/2020

Read more here


Montana

Open as of 4/27/2020

Read about guidelines

Nebraska

Some counties as of 5/4/2020

Governor's order

Nevada

TBA

New Hampshire

TBA

New Jersey

TBA

New Mexico

TBA

New York

TBA

North Carolina

TBA

North Dakota

Open as of Friday 5/25/2020


Ohio

TBA

Oklahoma

Open as of Friday 5/15/2020

Read about guidelines

Oregon

TBA

Pennsylvania

Some counties with low number of cases can begin to re-open after May 8

Rhode Island

TBA

South Carolina

TBA

South Dakota

No stay at home order issued

Tennessee

Should be in May after guidelines are finalized by Gov. Bill Lee

Texas

TBA

Utah

Open as of Friday 5/1/2020

Read about guidelines, page 13

Vermont

TBA

Virginia

TBA

Washington

TBA

West Virginia

TBA

Wisconsin

TBA

Wyoming

Open as of Friday 5/1/2020

Read about notice

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