Gov. Cuomo orders all NY hair salons, barbershops to close amid COVID-19 outbreak

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Posted at 9:03 AM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 09:17:39-04

NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered all personal care businesses to close until further notice as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state continues to grow.

The order goes into effect Saturday at 8 p.m., impacting barbershops, hair salons, tattoo parlors and other personal care services.

The closure also impacts nail technicians, cosmetologists, estheticians and laser hair removal technicians.

According to Cuomo, the businesses will close because these services cannot be provided while maintaining social distancing.

New York is the latest state to issue the order. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday afternoon that personal care businesses would close later that night.

Earlier this week, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania governors announced all casinos, movie theaters, gyms and malls would close.

"We know how the novel coronavirus spreads, and we are making data-driven decisions as the situation evolves to continue to reduce density and slow the spread of the virus," Cuomo said.

"We remain in constant communication with our neighboring states to ensure we are establishing a set of uniform rules and regulations for the entire region. These temporary closures are not going to be easy, but they are necessary to protecting the health and safety of New Yorkers and all Americans."

Cuomo's new order also allows notary publics to notarize documents online.

The announcement comes as the number of cases in the state continues to grow. As of Thursday afternoon, there were thousands of cases in the state, with nearly 4,000 in New York City.