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COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Body Art

Members of the OBAA, and body art industry in general, have implemented and will continue to implement the following temporary COVID guidelines until it is deemed necessary to do so.

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COVID-19 Safety Guidelines


This list of temporary additional protocols has been carefully selected and is based on the guidelines provided by Toronto Public Health. The members of the Ontario Body Art Alliance promise to adhere and uphold these regulations to assure a safe environment for their staff and clients. For more comprehensive or specific guidelines, please refer to information provided by your local public health unit.


  1. Masks or face coverings must be worn by clients and staff during service.

  2. Clients are informed before their appointment that we will refuse service to anyone who has been out of the country in the last 14 days, a household member has been out of the country in the last 14 days, or if they have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

  3. Open by appointment only; no walk-ins, no guests, no client-visitors.

  4. Appointment start times should be staggered to avoid congestion at the entrance.

  5. Waiting areas will not be used.  Clients will be encouraged to wait in their vehicle or outside until their service provider is ready, at a safe physical distance from each other.

  6. Reduce occupancy to allow minimum 6 feet between clients in common areas. A washable barrier may be put in place where 6-foot distances are not possible.

  7. Staff and clients must go through a general survey and/or the self-screening test before entering the studio to assess the safety of the situation. (Example:,

  8. People identified as symptomatic should be instructed to immediately return home and call their local health board or hospital.

  9. Staff who develop any symptoms must remain home and monitor their condition. A negative test must be presented before returning to work.

  10. All clients must fill out a consent form that includes their full legal name, telephone number and email so they can be contacted by public health if an outbreak were to occur.

  11. Studios will provide additional training to all staff of proper cleaning procedures for all common areas.

  12. Enhanced cleaning and disinfection regimen to include common touch points, such as, but not limited to, countertops, door handles, dispensers, faucets, and light switches.

  13. Hand sanitizer and additional surgical masks available immediately upon entry.

  14. No food or beverages shall be provided to clients.

  15. Clients and staff should be encouraged to eat outside. If not possible due to weather constraints, a designated area should be made for eating that provides for physical distancing.

  16. Signs are posted and clearly visible indicating COVID-19 physical distancing protocols, along with floor markings to aid in traffic flow.

  17. Body modification services that would be applied to the neck, face, or head are temporarily prohibited unless instructed otherwise by the respective municipal public health unit.

  18. Magazines and artist books/portfolios are to be removed from the waiting area.

  19. Cashless or no-contact payment is encouraged.

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