Public health order change allows oral, nasal piercing

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

The Ohio Department of Health has released a revised health order to allow cosmetology businesses like tattoo parlors to perform oral and nasal piercings.

In a press release, it says that the piercings are allowed as long as the employee performing the piercing wears a mask in combination with a face shield and protective eyewear without gaps between the glasses and the face. The client is required to wear a mask before and after the piercing.

The release said that there have been reports of people trying to perform their own oral and nasal piercings, leading to infections and “other negative results.” The ODH said that it would be safer, with the right precautions, for those piercings to be performed by licensed professionals.

The original order, which covers hair salons, day spas, nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors and tanning facilities, as well as body piercing businesses, was initially signed on May 14 to reopen those businesses.

The full text of the order is below.

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