As the county of Los Angeles moves into the next phase of reopening – many individuals are eager to jump into the chairs of their favorite barber shops and hair salons. Recently, the Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas visited three local hair/barber salons around the city including: Stakely’s Barber Shop in Ladera Heights, JQ’s Barbershop in Florence-Firestone, and Hair By Julianne Cho in Koreatown to demonstrate proper safety guidelines and social distancing practices.
“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and we all should do our part to help them stay open safely. But we are absolutely not out of the woods yet, so we must continue to protect our health and those of everyone around us,” Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said. “Following public health directives is critical as we go back to work, dine-in at our favorite restaurants, and make that long-awaited trip to the barber shop or beauty salon.”
For many, local barber shops and beauty salons are considered a safe space that provides comfort for community conversations and an essential place for social interaction. Stakely’s Barber Shop was that and more for its clientele. “It’s very important that we continue to support our clients and other small businesses, to try to see them through this tough time. To me, small businesses are the backbone to the community and small businesses matter,” said shop owner, Tyrone Stakley.
Local salon owner, Julianne Cho had to make significant alterations to her store before her grand re-opening including removing chairs so that there was at least 6ft between each station. “I believe the most important thing is the safety of my staff and customers. When opening the business, I was happy that I was able to go back to work at first. However, as time passed, customers were still worried and I was a bit concerned because there was no vaccine. There were many things that I had to do before opening the store. Therefore, I had to spend a lot of time preparing for the reopening. All customers must wear a mask upon entering the building, as well as use hand sanitizer.”
Juan Quezada of JQ’s Barber shop is also doing everything he can to make his clients feel secure during their visit. As a part of his reopening process, it mandatory that ever customer gets their temperature checked before entering. “My hope is that my business goes back to what it used to be, and that my business prospers. If we lose small businesses, we lose everything.”
Although the reopening of hair salons and barber shops is a major step forward, the threat of COVID-19 is far from over. Residents must continue to practice physical distancing, wear cloth face coverings and follow public health guidelines in place.
For more information on the Do’s and Don’t’s and key, specific guidelines for customers at hair salons, barbershops please visit: https://ridley-thomas.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/VARIANCE-FAQs-2-ckskrrBF-edits.pdf