Petition to reopen salons gaining traction

A petition is making its rounds in Oregon asking Gov. Kate Brown to consider reopening salons as many are facing grave financial hardships.

Posted: Apr 17, 2020 6:09 PM
Updated: Apr 17, 2020 6:26 PM

EUGENE, Ore. --- A petition is making its rounds in Oregon asking Gov. Kate Brown to consider reopening salons as many are facing grave financial hardships.

This comes after an executive order to close all non-essential businesses.

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That means nail and tanning salons, esthetician practices, medical spas, non-medical message therapy services and day and facial spas are off limits.

This petition asks Brown to allow a licensed beauty professional to perform a service privately with one client in the salon per stylist at a time as long as they follow all the sanitation protocols.

However, not every beauty professional think this is a good idea.

"We are a touch-based service so there’s just really no way to get around the close proximity that you are to your clients and we just feel it’s really premature," hairstylist Makenzie Scott said.

But some beauty professionals are arguing that their industry is essential.

"Our protocols are already so far above and beyond and I don’t think people realize that we already wear masks, we already wear gloves, we already sanitize and sterilize in between clients and because we are up close and personal, we are being attacked for that,” salon owner Jami Sautner said.

KEZI 9 News also talked to hairstylist Amanda Nicole.

"I think that what we do is an essential service for people and I’m surprised that grocery stores are allowed to be as full as they are. It just makes no sense that we are not able to do our job when we are some of the most sanitary people,” she said.

However, Scott said getting your hair done is a luxury and if you want to help businesses that provide these types of services, you should comply with the rules so that they can reopen as soon as possible.

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