Over a dozen native magnificence professionals met in Stevenson Ranch Wednesday to share their frustrations over being pressured to close down throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with some stating that working exterior was “not an actual choice” as a result of it’s “not sanitary.”
On Wednesday, round 20 magnificence professionals starting from barbers to tattoo artists met at Jenn Boyd Ink in Stevenson Ranch to precise their frustrations over being pressured to close down throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re put by means of the coaching to deal with ourselves, deal with our purchasers, and make it possible for every thing is clear and sanitary,” stated Jenn Boyd, proprietor of Jenn Boyd Ink. “So it’s irritating to see individuals going to Goal and going to Walmart and touching issues, and folks strolling round with out masks, and figuring out that it’s extra of a hazard to be in these shops than it’s to be one on one with me, the place I can management the behaviors of my shopper and make it possible for every thing stays sterile.”
Salons and barber outlets had been initially allowed to re-open again in June, however had been successfully shut down lower than a month later when Governor Gavin Newsom introduced that indoor operations for non-essential companies in a number of counties, together with Los Angeles, had been to close down amid rising COVID-19 case numbers.
When that announcement was made, state officers stated that the shutdown would final for “not less than three weeks.” Monday marked the three-week mark because the closure.
“Proper now the rules that they’ve set forth appear nearly inconceivable for us to fulfill to get off that county watch listing,” Boyd stated. “I’m hoping that they form of cut back on these and look into every enterprise and never lump us up along with every thing else.”
Boyd shared that she has spent between $70,000 and $80,000 on her training to grow to be a everlasting make-up artist, a overwhelming majority of which is concentrated on security and an infection management.
“We’ve been training each protocol that they’ve provide you with, the one distinction is our purchasers will now be sporting masks. They weren’t earlier than, however we all the time did,” she stated. “We (will) take their temperature and have them signal an additional type, and that’s the one factor that’s altering.”
Whereas salons and barbershops have been given the choice to maneuver a few of their companies open air, that choice will not be out there to Boyd’s everlasting make-up enterprise, which operates below a tattoo institution license.
“We’re not allowed to work exterior in any respect,” Boyd stated. “So just about we’re utterly closed. We’ve no choices to work exterior, and to be sincere, we wouldn’t anyway. It’s not sanitary.”
Different magnificence professionals echoed comparable sentiment Wednesday, with one sharing that it was “not an actual choice.”
“Persons are in a horrible place proper now,” Boyd stated. “I do know some which have utterly closed their doorways for good. I do know some that needed to abandon their leases and promote every thing of their salon simply to pay their dwelling lease. Persons are actually struggling and dropping their companies proper now.”
Boyd has been capable of preserve paying her lease utilizing earnings from a few of her different companies, however that it “simply doesn’t really feel proper paying lease on an area that we are able to’t use.”
“Fortunately, we do produce other companies which can be persevering with to thrive, however for the studio and my worker that works for me, we have now not made any cash on companies in 5 months,” she stated. “It’s undoubtedly a tough hit, particularly after we nonetheless should pay the charges and the lease to maintain this place.”
As of Wednesday, a complete of 4,457 cumulative instances of COVID-19 have been confirmed within the Santa Clarita Valley since testing started in March, making up simply over two p.c of the 197,912 instances confirmed inside Los Angeles County.
“It’s a bit of maddening as a result of I really feel like right here in Santa Clarita, we’re form of a small pocket, and we’re form of away from all the large numbers which can be being reported for L.A. County,” Boyd stated. “Possibly they should look into separating the smaller cities and the smaller areas and the valleys, and opening us up based mostly on these numbers and never the numbers all through the complete county.”
Nonetheless, Boyd and several other different magnificence professionals in attendance stated that their want to re-open didn’t imply that they had been taking the pandemic frivolously.
“In the event you stroll right into a salon and also you see issues aren’t going proper, it’s your proper to depart,” Boyd stated. “Cancel that appointment, go away, go someplace the place you are feeling protected, and when you really feel like it’s good to, you’ll be able to report it. However we simply must make certain that we’re all doing our due diligence, after which we’ll all be protected.”
Boyd went so far as to ask Newsom to her studio in order that she may present him that they may safely re-open.
“I’d love to ask him right here and present him every thing we undergo every day and simply enlightened him on the truth that we’re tremendous sanitary,” she stated. “I feel that any person like him wants to essentially see what we undergo every day to essentially respect that.”
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