Barber shops and hair salons reopen in Mass.
ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WLNE) – Barber shops and hair salons were allowed to reopen on Monday in Massachusetts, with restrictions.
All stylists and customers must wear a mask. Styling chairs must be at least six feet apart. Workers must also wear gloves and stagger their lunch breaks so no groups convene. There are also strict sanitation guidelines.
King Barber in Attleboro opened it doors on Monday, after 10 weeks of closure.
“We’re so excited to be back,” said receptionist Rachel Briden.
The barber shop used to cater to walk-ins, but now goes by appointment only. While the business was closed, the owners transitioned to an online booking system.
Appointments are already pouring in.
“We’re completely booked today and tomorrow,” said owner Patrick Nassar.
If a customer arrives to their appointment early, they must wait outside the shop, six feet away from anyone else, or they can wait in their car.
After 10 weeks, customers are eager to be back.
“It was a rough couple of months,” said customer Mark Tierney.
The barber shop is operating at 50% capacity. They used to have 10 barbers working at once, but have reduced that to five at a time.
“Five of them are working during the morning shift, and five in the afternoon shift,” said Briden.
The shop extended its hours so that all 10 barbers can still worker everyday. They are now open 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
For now, they can only offer hair cuts.
“We can’t do shaving, we can’t do beards under Phase 1,” said Briden.
Nassar said it will take a while to financially recover from being closed for so long, but he said they’re on the right track.
“We fell and now we have to stand back up again,” said Nassar.