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Barbershops and salons move operations outside

Posted at 7:59 PM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 00:05:13-04

Barbershops and hair salons are making adjustments after getting the green light to operate outdoors.

With the new orders announced earlier this month, the second wave of closures meant hair salons and barbershops would not be able to operate unless they moved outside.

The owner of the Old Orcutt Barbershop said he didn't waste any time and started safely operating once again on Tuesday.

That announcement was made on their Facebook page Tuesday morning. Since then, the owner said the phone hasn't stopped ringing.

"We have been getting a lot of appointments, a lot of people are asking, you know, what are the procedures? And I tell them that they have to wear a mask, they have to take a temperature check and all that stuff," said owner Alberto Licerio.

Some of the new guidelines included the use of a canopy or tent allowing sufficient outdoor air movement.

Many customers who were anticipating the reopening said they trusted the shop would take the necessary safety precautions.

"I trusted that he would have the safety and everything to do the right thing and cut their hair without any risks," said Gina Rea.

Even though the business is now able to operate outside, there are still some challenges.

"The hardest part is the outside with the wind and stuff. You kinda have to control that so I got the vacuums for that and just trying to control the hair," Licerio said.

For now, he says he will continue to make it work.

"Going outside is the only way I get to stay open and that's the way we are going to do it and that's fine. I mean, the wind is the only thing that really does it a little bit bad but I have a lot of clients that say this is pretty cool," Licerio said.

Other local barbershops and hair salons told KSBY they were not ready to take their business outside just yet but will continue to work on it to make it happen.