By WECT Staff | March 1, 2021 at 3:43 PM EST – Updated March 1 at 3:43 PM
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – The New Hanover County Health and Human Services Board will consider revisions to the county’s rules governing body art, including tattoos and piercings, at its meeting Tuesday, March 16, at 8 a.m.
“The revised rules are a result of combining and condensing the 1999 Rules Governing Body Piercing Establishments and Practitioners and the 2018 Rules Governing Piercing and Tattoo Establishments. Revisions include updated definitions reflecting language used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, updated record retention schedules for establishments and a more streamlined process for permitting,” the county stated in a news release.
“By combining the two sets of older, duplicative rules, we have condensed 23 pages to 11 pages, and businesses and artists who want to open establishments will be able to navigate that process a little easier, without compromising any safety or infection control measures,” said Public Health Interim Director David Howard.
If approved, the effective date of the rules will be determined by the HHS Board and shared with the public.
The public can review the proposed rules and provide comments and feedback by noon on Friday, March 12.
The Health and Human Services Board then will review the proposed rules and comments at the March 16 meeting before voting.
The March 16 meeting will be held via teleconference, with a limited number of members and staff gathering in the Lucie Harrell Conference Room in the New Hanover County Government Complex at 230 Government Center Drive in Wilmington. The public can listen to the meeting by dialing 415-655-0003 on Tuesday, March 16 at 8 a.m. When prompted for the meeting identification number, press 808 594 284, then the pound sign (#).
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