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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(39) comments


Time for a holiday weekend road trip. With CT locked up there is no reason to stay here-Out of state for a haircut, dinner out, etc.


Very simple, people are getting what they voted for. It can be changed if enough vote for a change rather than staying the course as which has been done for the past 14 plus years.


More of this and maybe CT will finally wake up and stop voting these people and their own destruction in year after year.


One could only hope, but I don't have much confidence in the smarts of those who keep voting these incompetent people into office.


moved from RI to Conn last year because govenor didn't listen to what the people wanted and now she is running Conn. I think the owners should be able to make the decision to open up or not. People are moving out of Conn and other blue states because of this kind of leadership. Conn (open up don't open up)

California ( walk on wet sand only) NY ( you can play tennis but you have to each use your own tennis balls, and if you go in the water they will come pull you out). Are you kidding me these people actually got elected.

Nancy W Duffy

Now you stop being a bully Brian. You were always getting into trouble and being a dirty boy. Now stop dirtying my work in Simsbury and make Duff and I stop wising we stopped after Ward.


They should have given the option to open if they wanted to this is still America isn't? If you want to stay safe stay home that is your right some of us want to live. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself healthy people are being punished. I am all about protecting people from the virus but if I am healthy why should have my rights taken away. I am not going to infect anyone with the virus because I don't have it. This crisis has made think seriously about changing the way I vote!! Other business are allowed to open and they are far more at risk than a hair salon ....and yes nice hair cut governor!!


Sure they are protesting to stay closed - they are collecting $600 a week to stay home. Let them protest, and who cares what RI wants? OR, and here's a higher level of thinking - which isn't rocket science for most of us, give Salons the option. Don't want to open? Don't! Want to open? Go ahead? Wait! That sounds too much like Freedom.......there will be none of that in CT

Brian C. Duffy

Use a Flowbee, you anonymous fool. Just remember it only works on the outside of your head.

Brian Duffy ~~ Tariffville


Everyone watch out, Brian has diarrhea of the mouth again.


This is so ridiculous... what changed over the weekend that made this a public health hazard... and who is cutting his hair?


Why is anyone surprised by this?


Not surprised. Disgusted. Lamont is the weakest Gov we have ever had and that's saying something.


I agree he needs to find a backbone somewhere. Gina is a lame duck govenor she doesn't care about the people never has it is all political and she is dragging Conn down with her.


I prefer shrewd as opposed to weak.


Why are so many whining about it? Kinda embarrassing don't ya think? First world problems and first world tears.


Freedom to work is indeed a first world problem; many third world countries are ruled by warlords and other dictators who decide whether or not you are allowed to earn a living, often by factors such as your ethnicity, your religion, and what kind of job you do.


What salons were complaining? None that I know of. He looks like he had had a haircut and dye job. What salon has he been going to?

Did Lamont forget to check with Comrade Cuomo and is now back peddling? The worse leader ever in Connecticut and believe me we have had some doozies!

Brian C. Duffy

Maybe you should actually read the article first, lazy Yank.

"Before the announcement on Monday, a protest had been planned at the state capitol with hair stylists who were fighting to stop the opening."

Brian Duffy ~~ Tariffville, CT


I suggest you read your mother's post and resort to personal attacks. Stick to the subject matter.

Are you sure there was a protest planned or is that the excuse he is using? I read the only hairdresser named was a member of change.org a left leaning organization. If indeed a protest was scheduled it was not to keep salons closed but to forward the left's agenda of keeping states closed.


Mea culpa. I meant don't resort to personal attacks.

Also, I can no longer find the article re change.org. Should have earmarked it.

Brian C. Duffy

Read THIS article above; 3 stylists are quoted. The protest is also on the front page of this morning's Courant. Remain anonymous though; you won't be embarrassed by your cluelessness.

Brian Duffy ~~ Tariffville


Situation: Some stylists want to reopen their shops, while others want to stay closed. Connecticut has met all the guidelines to allow them to open. Option 1: Have the Government force all salons to open. Option 2: Have the Government force all salons to remain closed. Option 3: Have the Government simply rescind the order and allow the salon owners to choose whether they will reopen, and the stylists to choose whether they will come in. Perhaps even extend unemployment for those at risk, and have something in place protecting their jobs when they *can* safely return. Nah, third option sounds Too Hard and Too Scary. Let's force them all to either open or close. Stylists are dumb, they can't make their OWN decisions, right?


Better than two time felon John Rowland? I doubt it. Resume whining if you must.


Well said! King Lamont is incredibly, astoundingly incompetent! He couldn't make a wise decision if his life depended on it.


Enough is enough. Want to follow another state Governor? How about Wisconsin? All the orders were overturned in court and the state is now completely open and doing just fine. Get ready to be the second state Governor.

Brian C. Duffy

I hope you're not a real teacher. Wisconsin has been "doing just fine" for a total of 4 days. Check back in a month.

Brian Duffy ~~ Tariffville, CT


I'd like to encourage you to look up the website offering Rt values for all 50 states. Their state graphs include markers when the state closed - if the state closed at all - and when the state began to reopen. Learn which states did and did not close, and compare their Rt curves to the rest of the country. You may learn some fascinating things! (Rt = how many people are infected by each new positive case. Less than 1.0 means that the virus is not spreading.)

Brian C. Duffy

Who are you, oh little one?


Does it matter who I am, when I'm not the one who does the Rt ratings? Go look up *their* credentials. Hopefully you're not foolish enough to ignore information from specialists depending on how you feel about the person who brought its existence to your attention.


So what you're saying Brian is you're taking accountability for how much of a bundle of sticks you've been on this site?


Ah, I see. Brian Duffy *is* foolish enough to ignore information from specialists depending on how he feels about the total stranger who brought its existence to his attention, even when the specialists themselves can be readily identified. Ok, I'll keep this in mind when I see future comments from him.

Brian C. Duffy

You have plenty of company on this site, little one. Who are the real sheep here after all?


I agree with you, just a few people are complaining,who are they to Dec for everyone


Those salons that were proactive and have prepared to open should be allowed to do so! This date has been set for quite some time. To postpone two days before opening is wrong on soooo many levels!


Can't argue... the hair stylists that are enjoying getting paid more to do nothing are the ones that don't want to return.




CT influenced by RHODE ISLAND? What's next? The US should be influenced by Lichtenstein?


What the heck? Governor....:(

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