Hair salons, indoor shopping malls among businesses reopening with modifications Monday

Hair salons and shopping malls are just a few of the businesses that will open their doors after being closed for several weeks.
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- At Amenities Day Spa and Salon, the doors are once again open for business.

Monday appointments were being booked and confirmed for hair services.

"We are so so excited to be open again," says General Manager Kimber Hembree. "Our biggest, biggest hope is that everybody is safe out there as we are very safe in here, and they keep their masks on and social distance and do what they can so we can stay open."

The salon is open for retail sales and in a few days, every other chair will be filled with customers long overdue for cuts, colors and styles.

Down the street at Sport Clips, by early afternoon, the wait was more than three hours for a haircut. But for Leonard Beltran, it was well worth it.

"I already feel cooler," he said. "It was like super hot with all that hair."

The average haircut took a little longer since most customers who came in had longer hair or needed repairs.

"We're seeing a lot of quarantine cuts, so some people decided maybe not to wait and we have some jobs to fix," says Manager Kristine Allison. "We're seeing people that buzzed it off and want a style now and we've seen some that let it go."

Three-year-old Sawyer Johnson of Madera had not had a professional haircut since the pandemic began. His grandma's only instructions were to just cut it off.

Stylists at SportClips and Amenities said they are just happy to be returning to work and not having to sweat things out any longer.

There's a lot to think about for salons preparing to reopen, like limiting hair washing and drying to one at a time to accommodate social distancing.

But with staggering appointments and services, they don't expect it to be a problem.

Gov. Newsom said to move to a lower tier and open more businesses, counties need to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and positivity rates. They must maintain that reduction for a minimum of two weeks.

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