Hair salons and barbers unsure of status during COVID-19 crisis

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – As a growing number of businesses begin closing due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many cosmetology businesses are concerned over whether they should also shut down.

While there are not many regulations for cosmetologists, one local hair salon shares what they are doing to follow the state guidelines.

Carlos Constantino, owner Constantino Salon, “‘Are you guys going to close?’ The most secure yes, yes, yes, yes that is for 90 percent now we want to close.”

Constantion says there’s been little guidance on what cosmetologists should be doing during the COVID-19 crisis. And whether it’s staying open or closing their salon. Constantino has decided to close and has already started canceling their appointments.

“We cancel all the appointments for eyelash extensions because it’s more close contact, we cancel all the appointments for clients that have symptoms of sickness.”

The salon is also following guidelines of not having more than 10 people in their salon. Social distancing and cleaning is happening more on a regular basis.

“Every single client that comes in we use disinfectant napkins before they sit we re-clean again that chair.”

Constantino says as a hair stylist, they are constantly washing their hands, especially after having contact with their clients. While closing the salon was a tough decision for Constantino, he hopes this will prevent their clients and staff from getting the coronavirus.

In the Rio Grande Valley, many of these businesses are self-managing. They are deciding whether or not they want to remain open.

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