Dr. Deborah Birx Cautions Governors on Opening Salons Too Quickly

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As of today, 30 states are partially reopened and following multi-phase reopening plans. Dr. Deborah Birx, a physician and the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, is cautioning governors from including hair salons and barbershops in their first phase of those reopening plans. 

According to an article on Forbes.com, Birx told Fox News earlier this month that although haircutting is "safer" when people are wearing masks, it's still not a "good phase 1 activity." The article went on to explain that the White House hasn't specifically advised against reopening haircutting services, but they do urge businesses and members of the public to maximize social distancing wherever possible—something that's not entirely possible in a salon environment. 

That said, many salons have already started to reopen their doors while enforcing rules like waiting in your car until your appointment time, wearing face shields and even suggesting that clients and staff limit their conversations.


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