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Barbershops, hair and nail salons in NY must close until further notice

Posted at 10:40 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 22:40:51-04

SOUTH OZONE PARK, Queens — All personal care businesses in New York must close until further notice.

That coming from Gov. Cuomo Friday, as COVID-19 cases continue to climb in the state.

The order goes into effect Saturday night at eight, but Chhavi’s Beauty Salon on Liberty Avenue in Queens is already taking a hit.

“It’s really depressing, it’s the first time on a Friday and no-one here,” said owner Chhavi Saluja.

Businesses impacted include hair salons, tattoo parlors, nails salons, piercing shops and barbershops.

Kevin Samlalsingh owns a barbershop in South Ozone Park. He had a few clients in his chair Friday, but nothing like what he’s use to on a Friday night.

“We have to take care of our kids our families we don’t know what to do right now,” he said.

The order will not affect essential businesses like grocery stores, pharmacies and healthcare facilities.

As New Yorkers grapple with this new norm, business owners say they will do what they need to if it means saving lives.

“I will be home with my family and praying,” added Saluja.

It’s still unclear when they will be able to re-open again.