Here's Why You Still Might Not Want to Get a Piercing Right Now
26th May 2020

Now that nearly every state in the US has started reopening its economy after shutting down to curb the spread of COVID-19, many of you might still be wondering if it’s safe to continue seeking out the same beauty treatments we did before. As hair and nail salons resume business with restrictions in place, and spas lay out plans to switch up their operations in order to ensure customer safety once they’re given the green light to reopen, we’re still left to question whether other facilities like tattoo parlors and piercing studios are safe to visit upon reopening as well.

As of right now, tattoo parlors and piercing locations in states like Georgia, Alabama, and Florida have already reopened, though in most places including New York and California, they have yet to resume business. Still, if you’re in a reopened state and you’re wondering if it’s safe to get a piercing right now, the short answer is no — at least, not yet.

“I don’t think it’s safe to get pierced right now even though some states are reopening and the lock down is easing up,” Ashley Abrego, piercing manager at Studs in New York City, told POPSUGAR. “Getting pierced is something that’s more up close and personal, and there’s really no way around being [that] close to one another when you’re getting pierced.”

Abrego goes on to mention that getting a piercing is much like going through a “tiny medical procedure,” and since an open wound is involved, there’s an increased risk of exposing both the client and the piercer to an infectious disease.

“It’s safer to hold off on getting pierced until after this slows down — even if your state did reopen — to make sure you’re getting a safe and healthy piercing experience,” she said. “A safe and healthy piercing done in a clean, thoughtful environment done by a piercer who cares about your safety and well-being will always heal better.”

You may be tempted to go out and finally get that cartilage piercing now that many people are attempting to resume everyday life, but some things are worth waiting for — and this is one of them.

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