Mayor Announces Pet Groomers Can Operate as Essential Businesses

Mayor Lee Brand today announced that pet grooming can be allowed as an essential business under the State of California’s Shelter in Place Order. This decision was made after discussion with the Mayor’s Fresno Recovery Committee yesterday.

The City reviewed Governor Newsom’s emergency order and after determining that it does not state a prohibition against it, acknowledged that pet grooming is a form of animal care and will inform pet groomers in Fresno that they have the ability to operate as an essential business, effective immediately.

“I’ve been considering this decision and it’s time to start the gradual process of economic recovery,” said Mayor Brand.  “I’m thankful for the exceptional advice provided by the committee and input from the public during this challenging time.  This announcement will be joined by others in the future, as we move forward in a deliberate and reasonable way to return to normal routines without jeopardizing the health of our residents.”

As part of  the announcement, the City of Fresno reminds pet groomers that all current health protocols, including employees wearing personal protective equipment and using existing social distancing and disinfecting protocols, are to be followed by any establishment choosing to reopen at this time.

The City’s shelter-in-place order remains in place until further notice.