Barbershops and salons react to reopening announcement

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Smith Street Barbershop is excited to reopen in phase two.
“It’s been hard already, so I can’t imagine going a lot longer than this,” said owner Tremaine Lopes. “June 1 is right there, it’s right around the corner.”
And things will look different. The barbershop is removing one of its stations, spreading out the rest, and potentially adding partitions.
Masks will be required for everyone, and barbers will have special aprons.
Lopes also has doors to open that provide outside air flow.
And there are no walk-ins. The barbershop is using an app for appointments, which will now be spaced apart by an extra 15 minutes to allow for sanitizing.
“It doesn’t allow too much overflow,” Lopes said. “I think people are going to be able to adapt to it.”
And salons say they have a lot to do as they adapt.
One consideration at Ky Michaels Salon is how they will offer hair coloring or specialized services.
“It’s a lot of work to turn this machine back on,” said the salon’s co-owner, Allyson Meyer. “We saw, in our old model, about 55 clients a day. We have a backlog of nine weeks of clients that we haven’t seen.”
And it all comes down to whether customers feel ready.
“They are eager to come back into the salon,” said co-owner Ky Michaels. “And we understand those clients that aren’t ready to come back right now, and we’re waiting for you when you are ready.”
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