Media Release: Public Health finds infection control lacking at Guelph nail salon (March 3, 2020) - Updated March 11, 2020

March 11, 2020

Please note:

(March 11, 2020 Update) We have no further testing clinic dates planned at Public Health. Clients of Victoria’s Nail Salon should now contact your doctor for testing. If you do not have a doctor, you can visit a walk-in clinic.


March 3, 2020: Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is advising anyone who received pedicure or manicure services at Victoria’s Nail Salon on Stone Road in Guelph between April 20, 2018 and February 21, 2020 to consult their physician about being tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.

During an unannounced inspection by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health a lapse in infection control procedures was observed regarding reusable equipment for pedicures and manicures.

The lapse was brought to the attention of management and the salon corrected their practices to meet infection control best practices.

The risk of contracting disease from Victoria’s Nail Salon is considered low but cannot be ruled out. Clients who received services during the time period should speak with their health care provider about testing. Alternatively, Public Health will be holding drop-in testing clinics on March 4, 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 160 Chancellors Way in Guelph. Public Health has also set up a call centre to answer the public’s questions at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 7011.

WDG Public Health inspects all personal service settings such as nail and hair salons, tattoo and piercing studios, and spas. Because of the potential of piercing skin, effective infection control procedures must be practiced including proper cleaning and disinfection of reusable equipment. Inspection results can be found at

NOTE: Dates corrected above. A previous version of this release stated between April 1, 2018 and February 21, 2020.

Media Contact
Chuck Ferguson, Manager of Communications
1-800-265-7293 ext. 4374