The Delaware Division of Public Health recently ordered closure of an unpermitted body art establishment operating out of a barbershop in Selbyville.

In addition to operating without a permit and being unregulated, DPH staff were unable to confirm that proper sanitary precautions were used. DPH Health Systems Protection staff closed not only the body art establishment, in which tattooing and body piercing activities were taking place without a permit, but also the B & B Barber Shop, Unit 203, 5 W. Church St., for unsanitary conditions.

DPH encouraged customers who may have received tattooing or other body art services at this location to contact their health care provider for evaluation for diseases, such as hepatitis and human immunodeficiency virus that may have been transmitted through unsterile equipment. Customers should tell the doctor about receiving a tattoo or piercing from the unregulated establishment, when it occurred and any symptoms since the visit.

The unregulated tattoo parlor kept no client records and, as a result, DPH cannot follow the normal protocol of contacting individuals by letter to urge them to seek medical testing. DPH is trying to spread the word by press releases, social media and alerting medical providers and local community leaders.

DPH learned about the illegal establishment from an anonymous complaint. At this time, it is not known how many customers were served or how long the operation was in business. The investigation is ongoing. In addition, HSP staff have contacted the Division of Professional Regulation’s Board of Cosmetology regarding the closure of the barbershop to determine if staff are certified to provide barbering services.

For questions on potential transmission risks, call 744-1050.