Hair Salons included in reopening phase 2, local stylist prepares

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) —The doors at Salon Bella Vita have been closed since March, but owner Tiffanie Tartaglia says she’s excited to get to business when phase two starts.

Even though we don’t know when that will be, she’s already put in place procedures to do it safely.

“I miss my clients, my clients miss us. We get phone calls every day- ‘Can you cut my hair, when can you come back?'” says Tartaglia.

Tartaglia has moved her staff around so stylists aren’t sitting next to each other. She’s also provided masks, face shields, and even protective clothing for all employees

She plans to put social distancing signs up throughout her store and screen customers when they come in. The biggest change is going almost completely touchless with things like lights, garbage cans, and hand sanitizers being remotely controlled.

“I think it’s really important to have fewer surfaces touched. Guests will come in, we have a temperature laser gun that will take their temperature at the door if they have a temperature then they’ve got to go,” she says.

Her plan put the salon on track with the state’s reopening procedures.

According to Bob Duffy, head of reopening in the Finger Lakes region, businesses planning to open must have detailed guidelines on their measures for social distancing, environmental disinfection, face coverings, and hand hygiene.

“If you do not have a plan in place and your reopened, a plan of subsistence, and an employee get infected or a customer gets infected, businesses leave themselves wide open for liability. So it is so important to follow that,” says Duffy.

The biggest challenge for places like hair salons, when it comes to reopening, is the close contact with customers. But Tartaglia says hair salons could do it better than other community businesses because she can control every move the customer makes.

“I think we are a more controlled atmosphere. Like I said, you can take one guest at a time, you can clean in between, we have touchless surfaces in our salon. They’ll be staying in their chair, they’re not walking around, we won’t allow them in if they have a temperature,” says Tartaglia.

Duffy reminded everyone this morning that there is no set date for phase two. That decision will come based on health data.

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