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24-hour waiting period proposed for D.C. tattoos, piercings

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Posted at 1:55 PM, Sep 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-10 13:55:11-04

The Washington, D.C. Health Department has proposed a 24-hour waiting period for tattoos and piercings.

The waiting period is among a list of provisions included in a 66-page package of regulations for the “body art” industry released last Friday.

According to the Washington Post, if the waiting period is adopted, D.C. will become one of a very few places in the nation where a person cannot walk into a tattoo parlor and walk out with a tattoo.

City officials insist that the rule will protect the public. Najma Roberts, a spokeswoman for the Health Department, told the Washington Post that the new regulations were mandated by a law the council approved last year and are mainly intended to prevent “serious health risks.”