A State-by-State Guide to Waxing Salons Reopening Amid the Coronavirus
Update: The coronavirus situation across the U.S. varies drastically depending on where you are. While some states have completely reopened, others have paused or closed down again to control a new spike in cases. This makes keeping up with business reopening a little tricky. The list below has been updated to reflect the current status of waxing salons in all 50 states.
Original post: As more states around the country make a decision on whether or not to reopen or keep their stay-at-home orders in place a little longer due to the coronavirus, we're all wondering what that means for places like hair salons, nail salons, and waxing salons.
Seeing as people have been unable to access their professional services for months, many have taken up at-home alternatives to get by in the meantime, but some are desperately waiting to get back to an expert. As states with fewer cases re-evaluate and take steps to get back to a normal way of life, we can only assume that many of the nonessential businesses that were ordered to close back in March will start welcoming customers again — but when is the big question.
As of right now, waxing salons — similarly to hair salons — will stay closed until early to mid-May, but it largely depends on each individual state and the business itself. If you're wondering when waxing salons in your area will reopen, we've listed out the current orders for each state below.
Stay-at-home orders in Alabama expired on April 30. "Close-contact" businesses like waxing salons have been allowed to reopen with additional sanitation and social-distancing restrictions.
Alaska became one of the first states in the nation to ease its restrictions on select nonessential businesses on April 24. This includes waxing salons, but it's important to note that strict social-distancing requirements are in place.
Arizona's stay-at-home order expired on May 15. On May 13, waxing salons were allowed to reopen with strict physical distancing orders.
Arkansas was never under a stay-at-home order, but several social-distancing restrictions are in place. Limited reopenings for select businesses like waxing salons began on May 6.
California began reopening personal service businesses like waxing salons in phases, but after COVID-19 cases spiked in certain parts of the state, they were required to close again in select counties. For a full list of counties where waxing salons are closed, visit COVID.19.CA.Gov.
Colorado's stay-home order expired on April 26, allowing businesses to reopen in phases. Waxing salons started reopening in phase one with strict restrictions.
In Connecticut, personal care services have been allowed to resume and waxing salons have reopened with restrictions.
Nonessential businesses in Delaware began reopening at the beginning of June. This includes waxing salons.
Floria's stay-at-home order expired on April 30, allowing waxing salons to reopen shortly after.
Georgia was under a statewide shelter-in-place order, but it expired on April 30. This allowed waxing salons to reopen and resume business.
Hawaii reopened waxing salons in select counties at the beginning of June.
Idaho paused its reopening plan as of mid-July. While hair salons are open, it's unclear if waxing salons are, too.
Illinois reopened in phases starting in June. Waxing salons have resumed business.
Indiana's stay-at-home order expired on May 1 and the state is reopening in stages. Personal services have resumed business by appointment only.
Like Arkansas, Iowa never had a statewide stay-at-home order. As of May 15, waxing salons have been allowed to reopen at a lower capacity.
The stay-at-home order in Kansas expired on May 3. Personal care buisensses have been allowed to reopen — this includes waxing salons.
An indefinite "healthy at home" order has been in effect in Kentucky and waxing salons have resumed business.
While Louisiana has paused its reopening plan in phase two, waxing salons have been permitted to open.
Maine's stay-at-home order expired on May 31, allowing waxing salons to reopen.
Maryland's stay-at-home order ended on May 15, allowing select beauty services like waxing salons to reopen.