Gov Lamont Pushes Back Hair Salon, Barber Shop Reopenings

Connecticut hair salons and barber shops, which were to be allowed to reopen on May 20 as part of ReOpen CT Phase 1 per will have to wait a bit longer.

Lamont announced on Monday he was delaying the reopenings with a target date of June 1 in order to realign with Rhode Island.

In a release he and Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island said their intention was to align the reopening of hair salons and barbershops in both states.

The restrictions under which salons and barber shops would operate included reduction to 50% capacity, having hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes available at entrances, separating work stations by six feet and installing physical barriers.Visits were to be by appointment only and people were not allowed in waiting rooms.

Initially the order forbid use of blow dryers, but Lamont later backtracked on that, allowing both over the head dome shaped dryers and hand held hair dryers.

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 felt that it was in everyone’s best interests to provide for some additional preparation time, in addition to aligning with Rhode Island.

Governor Lamont said, “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.”

Governor Raimondo said, “I know how hard this crisis has been on close-contact businesses like hair salons and barbershops, and we’re working around the clock to get you back to work quickly and safely.”

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