Earlier this week, two Texas state reps went to a Houston barbershop for haircuts. It was an apparent act of civil disobedience, and a way to send a message to fellow Republican, Gov. Greg Abbott, to reopen hair salons and barbershops. That same day, Abbott announced such businesses would be allowed to reopen with limited service starting Friday – days earlier than previously planned, according to The Texas Tribune.
Abbott’s decision was surprising to many professionals in the industry. But Ron Jemison, presiding officer of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Advisory Board on Barbering, told Texas Standard host David Brown on Thursday that many were also eager to get back to work.
“I think it kind of made everybody buckle down and understand this is serious, so we’ve got to make sure everybody’s buildings are up to par and ready to go,” Jemison said.
What you’ll hear in this segment:
– How barbers are approaching reopening
– What hairstylists and barbers need to do to maintain social distance
– Whether stylists have the personal protective equipment needed to stay safe
– How business closures during lockdown have affected barbers
Web story by Shelly Brisbin.
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