It could be a month before people can get their haircut again in Connecticut.
Governor Ned Lamont and Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island announced their intention to align the reopening of hair salons and barbershops in their respective states in early June. No specific date was announced.
Hair salons and barbershops were initially included in Phase 1 of Connecticut’s reopen plan, which begins May 20, however Governor Lamont said that after having extensive discussions with owners and employees of these businesses he feels that it is in everyone’s best interests to provide for some additional preparation time and also align the state with its regional partners.
“We’ve been hearing a lot of feedback from many owners and employees, and at this time I think the best approach is that we hit pause on the reopening of hair salons and barbershops, take a step back, and allow some more time as preparations continue to be made.” said Lamont.
The Connecticut Beauty Association, which has more than 3,600 members, expressed concerns for members’ safety given Wednesday’s planned reopening. CBA noted the industry is comprised of more than 90% women, many of whom are responsible for homeschooling their children.
Lamont said some owners asked for more time to find child care as well.
“I listened. I was on the phone with a few hundred stylists five, six days ago,” Lamont said.
Hair stylists should not reopen ahead of the June 1 date or go to other locations to do hair cuts, said David Lehman, the commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development.
They would be in violation of an executive order, Lehman said.
The guidelines for hair salons opting to reopen are as follows:
For Hair Salons:
- Maximum 50 percent capacity
- Appointments only
- Waiting rooms closed
- Workstations six feet apart
- Physical barriers where possible
- Contactless payments preferred
- Tools soaked in disinfectant between clients
- Hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes at entrance points
- High-contact areas and bathrooms cleaned frequently
- Limit conversation where possible.
- Employees to wear face masks and face shields or eye protection
- Employees to provide clean smock for each customer
- Customers to wear face masks or cloth face coverings
- Increased ventilation and airflow where possible
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