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LI barbers and salons close shop to flatten the curve

Posted: 7:24 PM, Mar 21, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-21 19:24:19-04

AMITYVILLE, L.I. — Darcel Colon Jackson owns Natural Roots Hair Salon in Amityville, Long Island.

She’s been in business for 20 years and has a select group of clientele — averaging averaging three to five clients a day. Her last appointment canceled.

Now jackson is left to figure out how to make ends meet after learning that she along with other personal care businesses can no longer service customers, indefinitely. It’s another attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Cuomo has ordered nonessential businesses to keep 100% of their workforce at home, that includes salons and barber shops.

”This has crippled my business I’ve been having to come creative. My husband and I even started a podcast, we’re doing everything we can to basically transition. I have an accessory a line that I sell head wraps for, I have things that I’m trying to put into place so that I can push in this blow,” says Jackson.

She’s not the only business owner dealing with this conundrum. Amityville’s Hi-Klass barber shop is just one of a few left open until the mandate goes into effect. They’ve seen business go down 90%.

Customers like Bigs Francois says he’s disappointed that he can no longer visit his barber for a weekly shape up, and will have to improvise.

“I’m gonna have to go it myself,” he tells PIX11 News.

With no end date in sight, businesses will lose their main source of income, which will likely affect their bottom line. But they say it’s all worth it in order to flatten the curve.