Coventry hair salon coping with coronavirus shutdown

COVENTRY, R.I. (WLNE) – Just days after Gov. Raimondo ordered that all salons in the state be shut down to help contain the coronavirus, one hair salon in Coventry actually decided to close up shop before the governor took action.

Krystal Rose Salon decided at the end of last week to shut their doors because they were concerned about being so close to their clients

“Just concerned about safety, everyone staying healthy. We were kind of teetering that last week and we just realized it isn’t worth it,” said owner Krystal Parrillo.

It seems like a wise decision for the short term, but Parrillo doesn’t know how long it will last, or if she will need to reach out to her landlord to work something out.

“I’m going to pay this month and we’ll see what happens from there. If it becomes a problem I will reach out to him and hopefully he can help me in some way,” she said. “This month I’m fine it’s just the unknown that’s terrifying”

Parrillo owns the business but she rents out chairs to hairdressers who work as independent contractors.

Daverlyn Silva is one of those hairdressers who said she’s concerned about what she’s going to do for money.

“What do you do for money when that’s all you know for 20 years. What do you do,” Silva said.

What makes matters worse is that despite the shop closing up, Silva, and Parrillo didn’t get a final rush of customers that could help them out financially.

In fact, it was the complete opposite.

“The whole week leading up to [closing], clients canceling left and right worried about the covid-19,” Silva said. “So it was getting harder for us to even work because nobody wanted to come in.”

Because Silva works as an independent contractor she’s concerned she won’t be eligible for unemployment, which is concerning for Parrillo.

“I am very concerned about them putting food on the table and just keep a roof over their head and that kind of thing,” Parrillo said.

Parrillo said she is not collecting the rent for the seats in her salon from hairdressers, although some have offered but Parrillo turned it down.

In the meantime, Parrillo is offering deals on certain hair products for customers who buy gift cards to her salon.

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