Coronavirus Covid- 19 Protocol and Tattoo Shop Etiquette

Coronavirus Covid - 19 Protocol and Tattoo Shop Etiquette


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 Our Coronavirus- COVID-19 Protocol and Added Safety Measures To Keep All Of Us Safe

We are doing everything we can to make sure you are safe while here at Studio City Tattoo and Los Angeles Body Piercing & Lake Arrowhead Tattoo

Here at Studio City Tattoo, we have always kept very high standards of cleanliness. Your safety has always been our priority in tattooing and body piercing.

Our artists are trained in bloodborne pathogen handling yearly. We are Cal O.S.H.A certified and licensed by the San Bernardino & Los Angeles Health Department.


In order to provide the safest possible tattoo experience for both our clients and artists, we have implemented several new procedures.

1. We will be strictly appointment only and have a 9 person maximum in the studio at a time. Typically far fewer. One person per practitioner with plenty of distance between stations. We have removed 1 station to obtain maximum distance.
Unfortunately, this means you may not bring anyone with you to your appointment. We will still be able to accommodate
same-day appointments. Please just give us a call first.

2. We will require everyone to wear a mask at all times while in the studio. We encourage everyone to consider purchasing
a reusable/washable mask & disposable gloves. However, if you do not have a mask we will provide you one for free.

3. Immediately upon entering you must use the provided hand sanitizer. Also, we ask that you sanitize your phone or
other items you will be touching frequently during your visit. Please leave any nonessential items at home or in your car. We will then take your temperature with our touchless thermometer.

4. We have gone digital with our waivers. Now you will fill out your consent and disclosure forms on an iPad that will
be thoroughly disinfected after each use or your own Iphone if you have one.

5. We have increased our already stringent cleaning protocols. We continue to use hospital-grade disinfectants and
cleaners and disinfect common area surfaces and door handles several times an hour.

6. We also recently installed an expensive NASA approved AiroCide-Air Purification Technology System
in our shop that kills airborne viruses. We care for your safety. See how it works!

7. By now this should go without saying but, if you're feeling even the slightest bit unwell please call us to reschedule.
We will be happy to accommodate you. We ask the same of all the artists and staff at Studio City Tattoo.

Thank you for your patience, support, and understanding.  We look forward to making beautiful tattoos with you!

Staff at Studio City Tattoo



Here are the sanitation protocols that tattoo parlors are required to follow.



▪ All waiting areas are to remain closed. Customers must wait in their vehicles until their appointment time and they are called for screening before entering.

▪ Customers must sanitize their hands when entering and exiting.

▪ All customers must be screened upon entry.= Questions on health and taking of temperature.

▪ Customers must wear a face covering, such as a cloth mask, while inside at all times, this includes during the tattoo procedure.



▪ All employees will be screened daily at the beginning of their shifts, including asking whether they have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have had a fever in the last 48 hours.

▪ All employees must be provided training on how to limit the spread of COVID-19.

▪ Face coverings must be provided to all employees who come in direct contact with customers.

▪ Employees are encouraged to wear face shields while tattooing a customer.

▪ Employees must also wear disposable gloves and change them between customers, as well as wash their hands between every customer.




▪ The tattoo parlor must be deep-cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized top to bottom. After opening, tattoo parlors must be deep-cleaned daily.

▪ Parlors are expected to take every step necessary to implement the regulations, orders, and guidance from the CALIFORNIA State Department of Health and CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

▪ Services are allowed only by appointment. No walk-in customers at this time.

▪ Minimizing person-to-person contact through technology, like mobile or online reservations and contactless payment, is encouraged.

▪ Parlors must post signage at each entrance stating no customer with a fever or COVID-19 symptoms are allowed in.

▪ Only one customer per employee is allowed in the tattoo parlor at any given time.

▪ Tattooing and piercing around the mouth and nose are prohibited.

▪ Chairs are to be rearranged to ensure at least 6 feet between each customer.

▪ Chair and workstations must be sanitized after each use by a customer.

▪ All high-touch areas must be sanitized at least once every two hours.

▪ Hand sanitizers must be placed at entrances.

SCT Crew

We Are Planning to Be Open As Soon As Los Angeles and San Bernardino Lifts The Quarantine

We hope to open the shop as soon.

The Association of Professional Piercers
Recommended Response & Recovery Interim Protocols

The Association of Professional Piercers (APP) is an international health and safety
organization. It is a nonprofit voluntary alliance dedicated to the dissemination of information
about body piercing. Governed by a voluntary elected Board of Directors, the APP is a united
group of piercing professionals that freely shares information to help fellow members, piercers,
healthcare professionals, legislators, health inspectors, and the general public get the best and
most up-to-date information about body piercing.
For most countries around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the closure of body
art facilities (including body piercing, tattooing, and other elective body art procedures). As
countries seek to reopen their economies and ease measures like forced business closings and
social distancing, the APP has sought to give accurate, appropriate, and achievable guidelines
for all body artists to follow to decrease the spread of COVID-19 and lower the impact in their
We continue to recommend that body art professionals follow local, state or provincial, and
national guidelines regarding the closure of non-essential business operations and, within these
guidelines, make decisions that are best for them and their individual situations.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a terrible impact on all body art businesses and the people
who work in them. It has sickened and killed hundreds of thousands worldwide. Through it all,
body artists have stuck together, freely shared information, and readied themselves to return to
work and serve their clientele. The Association of Professional Piercers would like to thank the
body piercing and body art community for their resiliency, professionalism, and commitment to
health and safety.
During this pandemic, information continues to evolve very quickly. The authors of this
the document will make every effort to make regular updates as new and better information
becomes available. If you have suggestions for improvements to this document please email the
secretary of the APP at
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Because COVID-19 has affected different parts of the world in dramatically different ways, it is
important to follow local, state or provincial, and national guidelines. This means taking
measures to keep yourself informed of what these rules, guidelines, and policies are and
regularly researching updated information from reliable sources.
In the United States, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has developed a way for local
communities to determine their risks going forward and their path to reopening their economies:
“Public health control activities by the level of COVID-19 community transmission”
· None to Minimal – Evidence of isolated cases or limited community transmission, case
investigations underway, no evidence of exposure in a large communal setting,
e.g., healthcare facility, school, mass gathering.
· Minimal to Moderate – Widespread and/or sustained transmission with the high likelihood
or confirmed exposure within communal settings with the potential for a rapid increase
in suspected cases.
· Substantial – Large scale community transmission, healthcare staffing significantly
impacted, multiple cases within communal settings like healthcare facilities,
schools, mass gatherings, etc.”
These categories will no doubt play a large role in your local government’s assessment of when
non-essential businesses may resume business. If body art isn’t specifically addressed in your
local rules and guidelines, please contact your local health agency for direction, or if that is not
possible, follow the closest comparative standard such as the rules applied to cosmetology and
massage therapy industries.


Cleaning should always take place wearing appropriate PPE for the task at hand. In general,
disinfection should take place with an EPA approved (or international equivalent) hard-surface
Enhanced Cleaning Protocols include but are not limited to:
a. Disinfecting regularly used surfaces, such as countertops, pens, tablets, seating areas,
bathrooms, and door handles between clients
b. Hand hygiene for practitioners and other customer service employees before and after
every interaction with a new customer
c. Encourage customers to use touchless payment options, when available. Minimize
handling cash, credit cards, reward cards, and mobile devices, where possible.
d. Each new customer should be given the opportunity to perform hand hygiene (hand
washing or hand sanitizer) when they enter the BAF
e. If jewelry is handled by a customer, immediate disinfection of that jewelry should be
performed (an alternative would be to have customers wear gloves before handling
jewelry, or disallowing handling of any jewelry in the facility)
f. HEPA filter air filtration (filters to be changed while wearing appropriate PPE)
g. Increasing ventilation to the outside air by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning in
office and waiting areas
h. Waiting areas: Minimum 6 total air changes per hour with air movement inwards in
relationship to adjacent areas
i. Procedure room: Minimum 6 total air changes per hour with air movement outwards in
relationship to adjacent areas
j. Processing and decontamination room: Minimum 6 total air changes per hour with air
movement inwards in relationship to adjacent areas
k. Keep your facility as well ventilated as possible for increased exchange of outside air.
Additional suggestions
● OpenWHO Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus
● JHPIEGO Reference Manual for Health Care Facilities with Limited Resources
Module 11: Infection Prevention and Control Program Management
● OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
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Social distancing is one of the key practices of the COVID-19 pandemic response. As forced
closures of non-essential businesses are lifted, social distancing measures are still needed to
be utilized to prevent the spread of the virus. In addition, because body art can be planned in
advance, this is an opportunity for staff members to screen customers and eliminate
unnecessary face-to-face interactions.
Social Distancing measures in body art facilities include but are not limited to:
a. Making every effort to keep 6-feet or more apart unless a procedure is taking place
b. Minimizing the number of customers in the BAF. This includes switching to performing
procedures by “appointment only”, (no walk-ins)
c. Limiting body art procedure areas to the customer and the artist/technician only
d. Limiting customer companions to digital means (via digital conferencing applications)
unless required by law (minor piercings, genital piercing)
e. Screening clients for symptoms digitally or by phone before entering facility
f. Limiting employees on staff to minimum
g. Strongly considering special accommodations for personnel who are members of a
vulnerable population
h. Moving as many services as possible to video conferencing/email (troubleshooting, for
i. Marking areas on the body art facility floor to designate a 6-foot perimeter distancing
j. Encouraging clients to wait in their cars until their artist/technician is ready. At a bare
minimum closing off waiting for areas and contacting customers via phone when their
artist/technician is ready for their procedure.
k. Refusing service to any client who arrives with symptoms
l. Refusing to allow symptomatic employees to work
m. Asking employees to self monitor their temperature before leaving for work
n. Develop and agree to a response plan in case someone in the workplace becomes ill
with symptoms of COVID-19. This plan should include at least:
i. – Identify a room or area where someone who is feeling unwell or has symptoms
can be safely isolated
ii. – Have a plan for how they can be safely transferred from there to a health
iii. – Know what to do if a staff member tests positive for COVID-19 during or just
after their work shift
iv. – Agree to the plan in advance with your partner's health care provider or health
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o. If an employee develops symptoms at work, follow the protocol you’ve developed, gather
together with the names of the clients they worked with, and contact your local department of
Additional suggestions
● Monitor and record employee temperature with a non-contact thermometer
the device in the facility several times a day (if allowed by local law).
● Monitor and record each client’s temperature non-contact thermometer device (if
allowed by local law and client consents to this).
The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is already an every-procedure-practice in body
art facilities. Once again, due to the airborne nature of the novel coronavirus, more extensive
and new PPE practices are recommended during this pandemic until new information is
The enhanced use of PPE includes but is not limited to:
a. PPE use such as gloves and face protection by all employees, including customer
service employees, management, and artists/technicians
b. The use of facemasks, eye protection, face shields for all body art procedures
c. All employees wearing new disposable gloves for each interaction with a new customer
and performing hand hygiene whenever gloves are changed
d. Advising customers before entering the facility, regardless of symptoms, to put on a cloth
face covering or facemask
e. BAF and its staff should assess exposure risks of performing individual procedures
based on the data available and their general understanding of the procedure.
Appropriate policies should be made and reviewed regularly
Additional suggestions
● Use discretion and consider reducing non-essential nasal and oral procedures
until we have more relevant data.
● If available, set up hand sanitizer and face masks for clients at the entrance of
the BAF.
● Post visual media (e.g., signs, posters) at the entrance and in strategic places
(e.g., waiting areas, entrances) to provide instructions (in appropriate languages)
about hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette. Instructions
should include wearing a cloth face covering or facemask for source control, and
how and when to perform hand hygiene.

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