Hair salons prepare to reopen for Phase 2

Kumi Tucker
Updated: June 02, 2020 07:23 PM
Created: June 02, 2020 05:51 PM

HUDSON - It's almost opening day at Spruce Salon in Hudson -- at last! 

They partnered with three other salons to get everything they need, each responsible for a different category. 


"Because one person trying to access all the PPE in time for us to open is almost physically impossible," said salon owner Paula Colarusso.  

Spruce has large moveable shields from Next Gen Signs in Ghent, so they can create partitions when necessary. 

Each station will be about 10 feet apart, with no sharing of equipment and a lot of cleaning. 

Phase 2 requires stylists to wear masks and face shields, and they must get diagnostic tests for coronavirus every 14 days for the duration of Phase 2. 

Paula Colarusso is getting tested, and she's removed a lot of retail.  She says she will follow all regulations and safety measures, but wonders about the parity of the rules. 

"In Walmart, they're not keeping a log of who's coming in and who's not," she said.  "I certainly don't think they're worried about how they're going to clean if someone touches a can of beans on a shelf, right? But I have to be concerned about who's going to touch my shampoo." 

They are happy to be back, serving clients, although things will be done a little differently and there will no longer be a waiting room. 

"You wait in your car, you'll call the main number, we'll know that you're here," said Colarusso.  "My client that's already in my chair -- I'll check her out, make sure that she's out the door safely, and then you'll come in." 

The conversation to book clients now is going to take longer and the reopening date was subject to change, so Colarusso says the moment she turns the key in the lock on Wednesday is when she'll start booking appointments.   

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