COVID-19 - 15 Days To Slow The Spread

Monday, March 16, 2020

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

The Association of Professional Piercers, an international health and safety nonprofit organization, strives to provide the best and most up-to-date information about body piercing to many all over the world. In light of the growing COVID-19 pandemic, it is pertinent to address the health and safety of those in our industry and the public that support us. We represent a geographically diverse industry. Our individual and community situations may vary as information changes daily.

In today’s release from the White House, the United States and CDC have put forth guidelines -

15 Days To Slow The Spread
“ Listen to and follow the directions of your STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES. ” 
“ Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus. ”
“ AVOID SOCIAL GATHERINGS in groups of more than 10 people.”
“ AVOID DISCRETIONARY TRAVEL, shopping trips, and social visits ”

With these guidelines, we are recommending
  • Professionals and business owners follow local and federal recommendations regarding closure of non-essential business operations.
  • Make plans for your studios, keeping in mind that the public is being asked to not participate in unnecessary shopping and travel over the coming weeks. 
  • Discontinuing all piercing services until further CDC updates. While we are not requiring any of our members to do so, that is our suggestion for best practices.
For those implementing temporary closure, we support you and your efforts to combat the spread of the virus. As fellow business owners, employees, heads of households, we truly understand the difficulty of this decision and its effects. This issue is front and center of the Board's attention. We all, as members, piercers and leaders in our communities, have a commitment to the health and well-being of our staff, our peers, our clients, and our communities.

In Health,
Your Board of Directors