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Here are the 8 steps Michigan barber shops, salons, spas say they can take to safely reopen

Coalition asks Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to lift ban

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A barber shop (Pexels)

DETROIT – The owners of Michigan barber shops, salons and spas came together this week to form an eight-step reopening plan and asked Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to lift the ban on their businesses.

Eight steps to reopen safely

Here are the eight steps business owners are promising to take if Whitmer allows them to resume operations:

  • Administrative controls for workers, including daily screening to ensure they’re healthy before starting each shift, requiring workers to stay home if sick, maintaining appointment and walk-in records -- including date and time of service -- and contact information to assist in contract tracing if needed.
  • Access control for customers and guests, including staggered entry, prohibiting the return of products, accepting customers by appointment only where possible and asking clients to wait outside in their vehicles until their appointment time.
  • Social distancing on the job site for both workers and clients, including barriers between employees where six feet of distance isn’t possible.
  • “Next level” best practices to ensure healthy hygiene on site will include the laundering of work clothing daily, eye protection for workers and limiting the personal items clients can bring with them for their appointment.
  • Sanitation requirements include cleaning merchandise before stocking, constant disinfection of work areas and instruments, disposal of single-use materials and much more.
  • Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be used by all workers. Clients will also be asked to wear masks, and face coverings will be provided upon entry to those without one.
  • Should a client later test positive for COVID-19, facilities will work with local health departments to identify potentially infected or exposed individuals to help facilitate effective contact tracing.
  • Following facility closures each day, they will undergo deep cleaning with disinfectant cleaners approved by the EPA as effective against human coronavirus.

Businesses involved

More than two dozen cosmetology salons, spa and barber shop owners and workers, representing more than 350 facilities across Michigan, delivered the letter Wednesday.

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Here are the businesses that were listed as being part of the “Safe Salons for Michigan” coalition:

  • Amari Salon and Boutique in Saginaw
  • Anthem Hair and Health in Highland Park
  • Bakeman Barbers in Dowagiac
  • Bombshell Blow Dry Bar in Holland
  • Broadway Salon Studios in Royal Oak
  • Chasing Vanity Salon in Grand Rapids
  • Citrus Salon in Houghton
  • The Color Box in Birmingham
  • DyNfy -- with locations around Detroit
  • Embrace Salon and Spa in Marquette
  • JOJO’s House of Beauty, Inc. in Grand Rapids
  • Jude’s Barbershop -- with 27 locations in Michigan
  • The Living Room Hair Lounge in Ferndale
  • Matthew Ryan Salon and Spa in Lansing
  • Minevra’s Salon and Wellness Spa in Brighton
  • My Salon Suite in Detroit.
  • Salon 130 in Mason
  • Seven & Mane Salon -- with six locations across Grand Rapids
  • Sola Salon Studios -- with locations across Michigan
  • Tacari Salon in Plymouth
  • Vision Growth Partners -- with 81 locations across Michigan
  • The Woodhouse Day Spa in Grand Rapids

Owners fight to reopen

Whitmer has reopened some sectors of Michigan’s economy, but salons and barber shops across the state are still closed due to the threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Safe Salons for MI coalition worked with officials from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to create the eight-part reopening plan.

“Michigan’s licensed cosmetologists, barbers and their team members are capable, ready, and excited to get back to work meeting the needs of our clients,” said Lisa Dennison, a regional director for Michigan Supercuts and Cost Cutters salons located across the state. “Our salons have always met detailed health and safety standards, and we’ve developed a comprehensive plan to go even further to keep everyone who walks through the door healthy. We urge Gov. Whitmer to lift her ban on our jobs immediately.”

The plan is modeled after efforts in 36 other states, including Ohio, that are currently open and serving customers, the coalition says.

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Owners argue these services are more safely delivered in regulated environments than in places like the homes and garages of their clients, which are unregulated and lack professional sanitation standards and protocols.

“The coalition was grateful for the opportunity to work with state regulators in developing the plan," said Caileigh Hoff, co-owner of Xclusive Studio in Brighton. "We now ask the governor to let us implement it. We work safely because the health of our clients and the health of salon, spa and barbershop workers like me are worth the effort. We’re ready to get back to our salons -- regulated, sanitary environments -- to properly protect ourselves and our clients. We’re ready to get back to work.”


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