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Barber shops and salons close their doors

Andrew Hyman
Updated: March 21, 2020 10:32 PM
Created: March 21, 2020 06:37 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — If you’re trying to get a haircut, or arrange a salon appointment, you will be out of luck, and shop owners will be out of work.

Barber shops and salons are among the many businesses preparing to close up shop as part of Gov. Cuomo’s order for 100% of employees at ‘non-essential’ services to stay at home. The order kicks in at 8:00 pm Saturday night.

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Ahead of the deadline, News10NBC stopped by both Ted’s Cooper Road Barber Shop in Irondequoit, and Salon Marcé on Park Avenue in Rochester.

At Ted’s, the barber chairs were full as people showed up to get their last-minute cuts.

“Today’s been busy,” Co-Manager Charles Lauriat said.

Lauriat said a mix of both old and new faces were stopping in, simply because both customers and Lauriat himself are unsure of when the shop will re-open.

"We’re going to do what we have to do,” Lauriat said. “I’m booked until right up until 8 o’clock.”

Over at Salon Marcé, Owner Rivajeta Rene says her staff hasn’t had a booking in days, because she decided to close the place Tuesday morning.  

When we were there, only herself, and stylist Carly Chirdo where there as they made calls to cancel appointments. 

Rene said she felt closing ahead of the order was the right decision, both for her staff and for the customers.

“I think the health of our community is the number one thing for us,” she said.

With shops about to close, both Rene and Lauriat say they face an uncertain future, as they have to balance both following the state’s rule, and paying the bills. 

Lauriat says this could be tough on an industry backed by tips, and Rene says it’s not just shop owners taking a financial hit, it’s their employees, too.

"I also worry for them, in how they’re going to go, how they’re going to pull through this,” Rene said.

Chirdo says she has filed for unemployment, the state’s unemployment system has experienced an ‘overwhelming surge’ in calls, but have developed a new system.

“I would get a second job, but I feel like it might be a little hard at this time, so we’ll see,” Chirdo said.

Even with concerns over just when they’ll re-open, both Lauriat and Rene say they’re staying optimistic. 

As for what the customers can do...

"When we re-open, we’re here, come on, support the local business,” Lauriat said.


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