Covid-19

Preparedness & Response Plan

The health, safety, and well-being of our clients, artists, and families is and always will be of the utmost importance to us. We have always maintained the highest standards in body art procedures and cleaning/disinfection/sterilization procedures. We intend to go above and beyond to ensure the health and safety of everyone who enters our facility through advancements to our facility and new protocol/procedures that are specifically geared towards infection prevention during this COVID-19 pandemic.

The following contains our plan comprised of requirements and guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our body art facility. We have included some measures we have already taken to ensure that our body art facility is an even safer tattoo environment.

These new practices are intended to reduce the risk of infectious disease transmission, enhance safety of staff and clients, and to enhance our ability to respond properly in the case of an outbreak in our facility.

 

What we know about COVID-19:

•              The incubation period of the virus is estimated to be 1-12.5 days

•              Transmission is from direct contact with infected people, by indirect contact with surfaces in the                   immediate environment of infected people, and by contact with objects used on or by an                               infected person.

•              Droplet or airborne transmission    

•              There is currently no vaccine or treatment available

Common symptoms of the illness:

•              Fever – the illness seems to start with a fever

•              Dry cough – usually follows the fever

•              Shortness of breath/breathing difficulties

•              Headache

•              Sneezing

It is important to note that infected persons may be asymptomatic.

(This information was taken from the WHO Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) course and Tattooing Beyond.org)

 

NEW STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES:

  • In-person consultations will be setup by appointment only. To setup a consultation with your artist of choice, please visit their contact page on our website and submit a contact form. Video and email consultations are preferred, in-person consultations only if necessary.

  • We will operate BY APPOINTMENT ONLY until further notice. No walk-ins.

  • We are subject to close at any time.

  • The shop front door will remain locked at all times. Call us at (586) 799-7307 when you arrive to your appointment and we will let you in at your scheduled appointment time.

  • Both artist and client must always wear a face covering/mask. We will provide our artists face masks and face shields and ear-loop face masks for our clients, but we advise our clients to bring their own face covering if they can provide it themselves.

  • A “sanitization station” will be available at the entrance of the shop for clients to properly sanitize their hands, their personal items, and obtain an ear-loop face mask if needed before their appointment begins.

  • Physical portfolios will not be available to view while at the shop. Please check out the artists pages on our website to view their portfolios online.

  • Clients are not permitted to bring guests with them to their appointments at this time. See more details regarding this below under "Client Specific Practices"

  • Staff and clients MUST stay home if symptoms are present. Clients will be rescheduled, and their deposit will be honored. PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE SHOP IF YOU ARE SICK, WE WILL HAPPILY RESCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT.

  • Extensive cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization procedures will be performed by staff periodically throughout the day in the entire shop and in the artist booths after each client.

  • In the event of a COVID-19 outbreak in our shop, we will close immediately to undergo a thorough disinfection and deep clean. Affected individuals are advised to quarantine and contact their healthcare provider. We will be subject to close and re-open once all necessary measures have taken place. Our local health department will be notified immediately. We will comply with the health department's recommended actions.

  • Even after all steps are taken to pre-screen clients and artists for possible COVID-19 symptoms before an appointment, it is possible an individual may be asymptomatic at the time and later becomes symptomatic and confirmed to have COVID-19. If this occurs to our knowledge, we will immediately contact all artists and their clients who received services in our establishment within 48 hours after an infected individual was present in our shop.

  • We will comply with all OSHA standards, CDC guidelines, MDHHS and Macomb County guidelines and requirements.

 

ARTIST-SPECIFIC PRACTICES:

  • Artists will adhere to the standard body art procedure regulations and practice additional extensive precautionary measures before, during, and after procedures.

  • Artists will screen themselves daily for symptom assessment.

  • Artists will stay home and reschedule their client(s) if they are symptomatic.

  • Artists must wear face masks during consultations and appointments. If the artist is doing a tattoo procedure that requires the client to remove their face mask, the artist must wear a face shield in addition to a face mask.

  • Artists will have their temperature taken upon arrival.

  • Artists will practice diligent hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

  • Artists will clean and disinfect their booths thoroughly after each appointment.

  • Artists will keep social distancing guidelines in mind regarding other staff and clients that are in the shop at the same time.

  • Artists will adhere to all current protocols and new protocols as they become introduced.

  • All artists will have taken the WHO recommended Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) course and the Barbicide COVID-19 Certification course.

 

CLIENT-SPECIFIC PRACTICES:

  • Clients will call the shop to reschedule their appointment if they are symptomatic. Please do not come to the shop if you are sick!

  • Clients will inform their artist if they are immuno-compromised prior to booking their appointment.

  • Clients will come to their appointment alone and not bring any guests with them unless that guest is a caregiver or the parent/guardian of a minor client. NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Clients will be asked to wait in their car or outside until the scheduled appointment time. Please call the shop (586) 799-7307 to be let in at your scheduled appointment time as the door will remain locked.

  • Clients will wear a face covering or mask at all times while in the shop.

  • Clients will stop at the “sanitization station” upon entry to sanitize their hands, their personal belongings, and obtain an ear-loop face mask if they do not have their own face covering available. It is recommended that clients bring their own face covering if they can do so.

  • Clients will bring only personal items including mobile device, ID, keys, credit card, or bottled water/beverages into the shop which can be sanitized upon entry. Please no outside food and no beverages that cannot be re-sealed.

  • Clients will have their temperature taken with a touchless infrared thermometer upon entry. If displaying a fever, clients will be asked to reschedule and contact their healthcare provider.

  • Clients will keep social distancing guidelines (6 feet) in mind regarding other artists and clients that are in the shop at the same time and follow social distancing markers on the lobby floor.

  • Clients will practice proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

 

In addition to the new procedures implemented to mitigate the risk of COVID-19, we have proudly installed the Air Scrubber by Aerus in our shop. The Air Scrubber attaches to our shop’s heating/cooling system and destroys up to 99% of surface contaminants and 90% of airborne contaminants. It is a powerful, top-of-the-line air purification system that is effective against viruses, bacteria, pathogens, allergens, dust, dander, etc. This air filtration system cleans the air and surfaces 4 to 6 times an hour. The Air Scrubber by Aerus is EPA, FDA, and OSHA compliant. This is one of the many large improvements we have made to the shop to help us achieve our goals of creating a safer tattoo environment. Check out some of these third-party studies done on the effectiveness of this amazing product.

 

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