Hair salons prepare to open Wednesday in the Capital Region

Emily De Vito
Updated: June 01, 2020 01:47 PM
Created: June 01, 2020 12:09 PM

Hair salons and barbershops in the Capital Region are booking appointments ahead of an expected re-opening on Wednesday. However, there has been some confusion ahead of Phase 2. 

Originally, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office had said "professional services" were part of Phase 2. 


"As we started to approach this we wanted to make sure we were included in that professional services category to open as quick and safely as possible," said Todd Garofano the Executive Director of the New York State Association of Salon & Spa Professionals.

Garofano said they proposed guidelines a while ago on how salons could safely open. He said the guidelines put out by the Governor’s Office included many of the ones they proposed including asking clients about symptoms, spacing out work stations and wearing mask while getting your haircut. However, Garofano said they looking to get clarification on face coverings.

"Right now they got guidelines that say they want both a mask and a full face shield, but then they also say to just cover your nose and mouth," said Garofano. "So if you wanted a full face shield you would've said eyes as well."

Stylist will also have to be tested for coronavirus every 14 days.

"You can get a test for free and it's really only within Phase 2 so it may just be one or two tests you'll need to get," explained Garofano.

So what is not included at salons in phase 2? Beard trimming, facials, nail services, threading and waxing are all prohibited. Many nail salons had already started to take appointments as they thought they were part of the "professional services" group.

"We did not get really any feedback from the state on why they weren't included in Phase 2. They will be included in Phase 3," said Garofano.

To look at the guidelines salons will have to follow, click here.

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