What the White House Coronavirus Task Force Says About Haircutting with Masks

 

As of Friday, more than 30 states have partially reopened and following multi-phase reopening plans. According to an article on Forbes.com, Birx told Fox News earlier this month that although haircutting is "safer" when people are wearing masks, it's still not a "good phase 1 activity."

Dr. Deborah Birx cautioned governors from including hair salons , nail salons, and barbershops — even when people are wearing masks — in their first round of reopenings, even as some governors in some states are either considering taking the step or have taken it already. The article went on to explain that the White House hasn't specifically advised against reopening haircutting services, but they do urge businesses and members of the public to maximize social distancing wherever possible—something that's not entirely possible in a salon environment. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned governors against “leapfrogging” the White House guidelines.

“There are some states, some cities, or what have you, who are looking at that and kind of leapfrogging over the first checkpoint,” Fauci said Thursday during CNN’s coronavirus town hall. “And I mean obviously you could get away with that, but you are making a really significant risk. I hope they can actually handle any rebound that they see.”

That said, many salons have already started to reopen their doors while enforcing rules like waiting in your car until your appointment time, wearing face shields and even suggesting that clients and staff limit their conversations.

Birx also warned that reopening beaches was not safe if people did not practice social distancing. California Gov. Gavin Newsom was forced to close some beaches on Thursday after reports of crowds and people not following social distancing.

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