Amend Recent COVID-19 Restrictions for Personal Care Services in London-Middlesex from

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We are writing to you today in light of recent news on tighter restrictions on personal services in London and Middlesex due to COVID-19, due to begin on Saturday October 24 2020. Makeup artists, included in personal care services, in our area being restricted and we are asking to amend personal care services in Section 22 from these restrictions.

We ask that makeup artists be exempt under “[t]he facilities … that require clients to remove their face masks.” (https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-londons-new-covid-19-restrictions?fbclid=IwAR2ngOLnHNgBAjiJB9KuXfQxTuVOqVMsEgEjZs0sBfnVcO3H8TJkvZXC-ss).

It is unjust for makeup artists to be included in the new restrictions that are applied to restaurants, bars, and gyms. A makeup artist and their client are in a controlled environment that has been cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized thoroughly.

The London and Middlesex makeup artists are a community of entrepreneurs who have studied, practiced, and worked to develop professional skills in makeup artistry. For many, makeup applications are a luxury service that add value to our community. Further, makeup artistry is a small business and is our source of income.

Small business is integral to our community and our economy. Makeup artists operate as small businesses that add value to our beautiful city. These Small businesses make up the majority of business in Canada, including Ontario and provide jobs in our community and keep our economy strong. Entrepreneurs and small businesses take steps everyday to provide products and services that contribute to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product.

Makeup artistry is essential in special events, including weddings adhering to the Middlesex-London Health Unit’s guidelines. Special events have had restrictions adjusted and those who work in special events have adjusted to ensure we are following COVID-19 guidelines. Since hair stylists, florists, designers, wedding and event planners, caterers, rental companies, DJ’s, and venues are able to continue following COVID-19 guidelines, makeup artists should also be able to do so.

We keep the standards in our makeup community high, from quality of service to sanitation. Since July, when restrictions on personal care services were lifted, makeup artists in London and Middlesex ensured cleanliness, sanitation, and disinfection became a top priority. Our makeup products, makeup brushes, tables, chairs, and stations are cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized prior to each client and hand soap and hand sanitizer are used throughout the makeup application.

Makeup brushes are cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized before each client. Clean and used brushes are never mixed. As per the Ministry of Heath’s guideline, makeup brushes are properly cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized by washing in warm, running water with soap, repeating this process three times. Makeup brushes are then cleaned with 70% isopropyl alcohol, including brush handles. 70% isopropyl alcohol in a clearly labelled bottle or container is also used to saturate powder makeup products, allowing the alcohol to sit on the product to dry for at least three minutes. Cream and liquid products are dispensed using a clean, sanitized, and disinfected stainless steal or disposable spatula onto a clean, sanitized, and disinfected stainless steal palette from which the product is used.

Makeup artists closely follow the guidelines set by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training, Skills, and Development for Hair and Makeup:

“Hygienic Guidelines

Hygienic safety requires the following practices:

Provide hot and cold running water;

Wash hands before and after attending each actor; the same applies with the use of gloves;

Provide each Performer with individual sponges, powder puffs, combs and brushes. When transported, these items should be in a labelled contained bag which is sealed;

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Keep all equipment clean and ready for use;

Use one (1) mascara per person to prevent the spread of infections;

Use spatula to remove make-up from compact. Mix on artist's tray, and then apply; and

Update and replace old and stale make-up and hair products regularly.” (https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pubs/filmguide/gl_35.php).

Makeup artists wear a new disposable face mask before the clients arrives and for the entirety of the application, which can last from 30 minutes to an hour. Our face masks are never touched or contaminated during the makeup application. Makeup artists ensure that only the artist and client are within six feet of anyone not having their makeup applied. Clients also arrive to their scheduled appointment wearing a face mask.

Sanitation, disinfection, and preventing the spread of COVID-19 are a priority for the makeup artists in London and Middlesex. As your local makeup artists, we take pride in our work including the level of service we provide and the responsibilities that we take on as a part of that service. We rely on our income from freelance makeup artistry and we are confident in proceeding with our work in a responsible manner while preventing the spread of COVID-19.