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New Hampshire Weighs New Virus Rules for Salons, Child Care

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New Hampshire Weighs New Virus Rules for Salons, Child Care

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The group tasked with reopening New Hampshire ’s economy as the coronavirus pandemic eases approved new rules for lodgings, hair salons and child care centers Friday, as well as new guidance for tattoo shops and other businesses.

The new recommendations need the approval of public health officials and Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, before they go into effect.

They would allow hair salons and barber shops to resume all services with no time limits and a maximum of seven work stations per 1,000 square feet. The businesses were allowed to reopen May 11 but were limited to cuts and root touch-ups, a maximum of 10 people inside at a time, and appointments of an hour or less.

Tattoo artists who called in to the task force’s public input session Friday morning pushed back against a plan to require them to wear not only cloth face coverings, but also goggles or face shields.

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Estheticians said requiring customers to wear masks at all times would make it impossible to offer many services, such as facials or hair removal. Neither of those industries has been allowed to reopen.

At child care centers, which were allowed to reopen May 18, face masks would now be optional for staff members. Centers also would be allowed to increase capacity by dividing rooms to accommodate groups of 10 children and staff, and workers could feed children without keeping them 6 feet apart.

“You’d have to have more than two arms to accomplish that,” task force member Chris Emond, director of the Concord Boys and Girls Club, said Friday.The lodging guidelines, which the governor also hasn’t yet acted on, […]

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