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State department of commerce urges businesses to follow Tennessee Pledge

Staff Report • Updated May 22, 2020 at 10:01 AM

The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance is urging Tennessee businesses to take the Tennessee Pledge to help protect public health from the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

In a press release Friday, the department said businesses should provide safe working conditions to protect employees and consumers. It added that residents should support businesses by being responsible and following guidelines for social distancing, hygiene and wearing equipment like face coverings and cloves when appropriate.

“Safely reopening Tennessee’s economy is crucial to our state’s economic rebound and the long-term health of our citizens,” said TDCI Commissioner Hodgen Mainda in the press release.

“I am confident that Tennesseans will take the Tennessee Pledge and follow its guidelines so the Volunteer State can quickly move past this public health emergency and restart our once-thriving economy. I remind Tennesseans to practice social distancing, wear a face covering when in public, frequently wash your hands, and if sick, stay at home.”

Mainda has created a video to promote the Tennessee Pledge, and TDCI is sharing health safety tips for close contact businesses, including barbershop and salons which are regulated by TDCI’s Division of Regulatory Boards and the Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners.

“By and large, Tennessee business owners are complying with the guidelines of the Tennessee Pledge as they reopen,” said Assistant Commissioner for Regulatory Boards Toby Compton said in the release.

“However, if consumers visit a shop and see something that looks unsanitary or is a violation of the reopening standards, they should speak up. Contact our team or your local health department today to report behavior that could compromise the health and safety of others.”

When visiting a shop, TDCI reminds consumers:

• Before visiting a salon or shop, consumers should make sure that the salon or shop has reopened by contacting them directly and making an appointment. Shops and salons that have reopened are limited to 50% of fire code capacity.

• Whether you work at a salon or shop or if you’re a customer, wear a face covering and practice recommended social distancing to the greatest extent possible. Remember: “Further is safer.”

• Every customer should get a temperature check. Customers with temperatures above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit should not be permitted in the premises. Any employee or customer who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever, coughing, chills or signs of an infection) should leave the premises immediately and seek medical care and/or COVID-19 testing.

• All salon and shop employees should wash hands between serving each customer, and more frequently as necessary.

• Daily deep cleaning and sanitization must be completed regularly for high-touch areas of the store or salon.

• Signs must be posted around the shop regarding increased cleaning, sanitization and hygiene practices. Please also make accommodating notifications for those that might be visually or hearing impaired.

• Client should wait outside, observing social distancing or in vehicles until alerted to enter the building. You must wash your hands upon entering a salon or shop.

• Feeling ill or showing the signs of an infection? Seek medical attention immediately.

Those with questions about a cosmetology or barber shop can call (615) 741-2711 or visit the TDCI website and file a complaint. Those looking for disciplinary actions can find a full list at www.tn.gov/commerce/disciplinary-actions/regulatory-board-disciplinary-actions.html.