Confusion among hairstylists as to how B.C. salons will reopen under COVID-19

Hair salons, barber shops and other personal services are among the businesses that can reopen after the May long weekend, as cases of COVID-19 in B.C. continue to trend downward, and some business owners are expressing confusion at what’s expected.

The announcement came as a bit of shock, according to Greg Robins, the executive director for the Beauty Council of Western Canada, which represents an industry that has no regulator in B.C.

“Our members were absolutely deluged with requests for appointments last night,” Robins said.  “We were expecting this to live out the length of the order, which was the end of this month.”

Stylists and other salon workers are asking plenty of questions on the Beauty Council Facebook page, such as where guidelines are coming from, if approvals are needed, and how to protect yourself from exposure when cutting someone’s hair.

WorkSafeBC is working with businesses in each industry, and will provide templates and best practices specific to each industry, according to Al Johnson, vice-president of the agency’s prevention services.

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Officials have said businesses don’t require any sort of government approval to reopen, but need to make their policies visible to the public and keep them enforced.

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