After an extended hiatus, the lights are turned back on in many hair and beauty salons, barber shops, and other personal care service businesses.
âWe’re all happy to have returned to work and can’t wait to get started,â said Shawn Lewis, aka Bucky the Barber, owner of Custom Cutz Barbershop in Pickering and Whitby.
Lewis says that while the store is full for at least the next two days, he’s never been happier to be so busy.
The owner of the barber shop says he spent his personal savings to keep his business open.
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âThat’s really all I had to keep the boat floating,â he said.
âBut now the government is starting to help us a little more, they start to relax a little more, so we’re just happy the doors are open and we can go back to work and start paying our bills again. “
The store is following COVID-19 measures to the letter, with an outdoor washing station and tons of hand sanitizer inside, all in an effort to protect customers.
For client Trisha Kalia, the reopening means no longer having to play “Edward Scissorhands” for her son.
âIt feels good that mom isn’t the hairdresser anymore,â she said.
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At the Nail Salon and Spa in Ajax, all hands were on deck as employees worked non-stop to serve clients like Alicia Johnson, who presided over a much-needed manicure-pedicure.
âIt’s like someone cut my fingers off, something was missing, so I was really looking forward to today,â Johnson said.
Owner Amy Train says she has been overwhelmed by the demand. The living room was “full”.
“I don’t even count how many clients have a day but yes, we are busy today.”
The province also holds green light outdoor gatherings with up to 25 people from different households and a maximum of five people for indoor gatherings. Restrictions on outdoor dining have also been reduced from four people to six at the table.
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While personal care services like barbers and nail salons may have opened, other businesses such as gyms remain closed until Ontario moves to Stage 3 of the reopening. The best doctor in the province said the reopening is unlikely to happen for at least three weeks.
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