Camden County Commission announced today that hair salons, tattoo parlors, massage therapists and other personal service providers will cease operations under the order signed today until April 30.

Camden County officials stopped short of issuing a stay-at-home order, but did impose more stringent rules aimed at restaurants and personal care services in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

Camden County is currently functioning under a state of emergency ordinance. The actions taken on Tuesday will impact restaurants and bars that have already been hard hit by the first round of regulations the county implemented nearly two weeks ago limiting the number of people gathering in any given place to 10 or less. The newest rules impact outdoor dining options, waterfront venues with docks for curbside delivery and personal care services, such as salons,spas and tattoo parlors where employees come in close contact with customers. 

The order does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks, so long as necessary precautions are taken and maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including maintaining at least six feet (6’) of distance between all individuals that are not family members.

For offices and workplaces that remain open, individuals shall practice good hygiene and, where feasible, work from home in order to achieve optimum isolation from COVID-19. .The additional regulations were implemented at the recommendation of the Camden County Health Department and will remain in effect until at least April 30.  

The county has also taken extra precautions within the Camden County Courthouse. Until further notice, Camden County Courthouse employees will be working a 2 week on, 2 week off schedule in an attempt to limit exposure and the spread of the coronavirus. Each 2 week shift will have 50%  of the employees at home, while the other 50% assigned will be on site. The arrangement was agreed upon by elected officials on Monday. Employees will continue to be paid while on home leave.  

So far, no county employees have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Officials hope the move to the split scheduling will help prevent a possible outbreak.

The courthouse will remain open for essential business. Anyone entering the building must be admitted by a guard and will have their temperature checked before being allowed inside. 

What the rules say: 


•  All public and private gatherings, planned or spontaneous; recreational facilities, conference, event and banquet facilities, wedding venues, gyms, social clubs, funerals,  churches or any other place of public or private gathering, shall limit participants to 10 people provided they can maintain the appropriate 6ft distance between participants This is meant to include employees and clergy in the count of 10 people.

• There will be no dining or drinking allowed inside Food or Beverage establishments or their patios, lawns, or boat docks.  Use of curb-side service, pick up, or drive thru service is allowed however water-front establishments are to limit numbers of people using their docks while ordering to 10 or less.  Boats are to leave the dock area as soon as order is received.  

•.Due to being unable to maintain the 6ft social distancing order between the provider and the customer; nail salons, hair salons, tattoo parlors, massage therapists, estheticians, spas or any other personal service provider will cease to provide their services.

•Schools shall remain closed, but allowed to continue to provide nutrition services to the families they serve 

•These directives do not apply to Essential Governmental Proceedings, daycare facilities, food stores, however, social Distancing practices and thorough cleaning and disinfection practices are to be maintained at all times.

• Food and Beverage facilities found to be non-compliant may be subject to suspension of their operating permit due to creating an imminent health hazard.