HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- Hair salons and barbershops will no longer be reopening on May 20.
On Monday, the governor’s office announced those businesses will instead open on June 1.
Gov. Ned Lamont joined Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to make the decision to align in the reopening of salons and barbershops.
"In terms of May 20 and ready to go, we heard overwhelmingly from folks working in the salons that they want a little bit more time," Lamont said during his daily news briefing on Monday.
Initially, salons and barbershops were to be included in ‘Phase 1,’ which is happening on Wednesday, May 20.
Lamont said after having discussions with owners and employees of salons, he feels that "it is in everyone’s best interests to provide for some additional preparation time and also align the state with its regional partners.”
In a statement, Lamont said “We’ve been hearing a lot of feedback from many owners and employees, and at this time I think the best approach is that we hit pause on the reopening of hair salons and barbershops, take a step back, and allow some more time as preparations continue to be made.”
Gov. Raimondo said in a statement “I know how hard this crisis has been on close-contact businesses like hair salons and barbershops, and we’re working around the clock to get you back to work quickly and safely. We look forward to continuing to coordinate with our regional partners are we work toward reopening these businesses in early June.”
Before the announcement on Monday, a protest had been planned at the state capitol with hair stylists who were fighting to stop the opening.
"We certainly don't want to be on the position where we come in such close proximity with everyone. Our clients and then indirectly end up spreading this virus, we are not going to know what that will be like until we open up," said Odette DaSilva, who is a hair stylist.
"We helped organize this in a short amount of time. We have been working really hard. I personally am a high risk individual, I have been doing hair for 20 years and I have been advised not to go back for 'Phase 1'," said stylist Becky Echevarria.
Salon owners said they want to make sure they have enough PPE and sanitizing in place before opening.
"We certainly don't want to be in the position where we come in such close proximity with everyone, our clients and then indirectly end up spreading this virus," said Odette Dasilva, a stylist.
Other salon workers and owners considered the governor's decision a slap in the face.
"We spent probably close to $10,000 in cleaning solution, between all three salons," said Gianni DiDomenico, Sculptures owner. "We have a vape machine that disinfects everything, we have five or six laser thermometers. Face shields, masks, we have everything.
DiDomenico said he's not seeing a benefit or reward from that effort now.
"I feel like it’s very unprofessional as the governor to say what he said that there are people out there that said they’re not ready to him, but there are hundreds and thousands of salons that are way over prepared," he said.
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