Street barber culture may become the norm in SoCal, as Newsom gives the go-ahead to taking personal grooming services outdoors.
Street barbers are commonplace in countries like Vietnam, India and Africa, but it’s a rare sight in Southern California. However, after the dizzying changes to closures across the state another option has been presented. In a press conference on Monday, Newsom said personal care services could resume if they were taken into open spaces.
Hair salons, skincare businesses, nail salons and massage parlors may now provide services outdoors, the governor announced. However, this excludes services that require a hygienic environment such as tattooing, electrolysis and piercings, according to the official site.
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) July 20, 2020
The state’s coronavirus site released guidelines for businesses in counties on the state’s watchlist including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Ventura, and Riverside.
Guidelines for hair services include conducting operations under a canopy, or other sun shelters as long as no more than one side is closed, allowing adequate movement of air outdoors. Anything that requires services to take place indoors must be avoided. This is in addition to all the health and safety protocols that are in required for all businesses currently open such as face coverings, gloves, disinfecting areas after each client, regular handwashing, removal of any shared items.
Additionally, electrical cords should be secured and comply with Cal/OSHA and all code requirements.
While some businesses will find the adjustment challenges, and outdoor spaces may not be available for many salons, it does leave room for innovation. Perhaps looking to countries further east could provide some inspiration or influencers that have made a name for themselves cutting in dreamy locations such as the global brand Nomad Barber or The Street Barber who has provided new hope for homeless people with his alfresco cuts.
Featured Image: The Street Barber