By Charlotte Smith
Today, March 25 is the last day of work for Hairstylists and Barbers for at least 30 days due the COVID-19 pandemic. North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper, ordered the closure of all personal care and grooming businesses on Monday, March 23 to take effect by Wednesday at 5:00 pm.
During the hurricanes some shops had to close for the week at the most; this closure is unprecedented. Local salons and barbershops were open late on Tuesday trying to assist clients with their grooming needs. Today, some stylists are going to work early.
Joy Everette, one of the owners of New Attitudes in Elizabethtown said, “We are trying to get everyone who had appointments for the next two or three weeks in.”
Albert Lewis, owner of the Headquarterz Barbershop said this morning, “This will be the last day I will be cutting, its a real eerie feeling.”
He added, “I never thought I’d have to close down. I knew it was coming, I’ve been in business for 25 years and I’ve never had to close my shop this long.”
He added some encouragement, saying, “We will make it through, put God first.”
According to the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners, closure includes all cosmetic art shops and schools for the minimum duration of 30 days. The Governor’s Order indicates violations may be subject to prosecution and punishable as a Class II misdemeanor.
No, service personnel are allowed in direct contact with clients, which means hair stylist will not be allowed to make house calls according to the board’s website.
During the shut-down assistance may be available at:
Unemployment Resources – https://des.nc.gov/
Small Business Loan Information – https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/