New Brunswick’s transfer to the following part of COVID-19 restoration has introduced some shear aid for individuals who have been beginning to look shaggy since restrictions started.
On Friday, Premier Blaine Higgs moved the province into the yellow part — permitting hair salons and barbershops to reopen.
For individuals who have gone longer than regular with out skilled grooming, it was a long-awaited second.
Chris DeLong was one of many first folks within the chair at Hair Hunters in Fredericton, the place he is been getting haircuts for greater than 5 years.
DeLong usually will get a haircut each three weeks. However he needed to wait three months to get a contemporary look Saturday.
“I used to be adjusting to it,” DeLong laughed, including that he determined to depart his hair longer on high now than did earlier than the shutdown.
DeLong was relieved to get a haircut and meet up with the employees on the salon. However he admits it is a totally different expertise now.
“It is kinda unusual, although,” DeLong mentioned.
Anybody coming into the salon will need to have an appointment. Clients are screened for COVID-19 signs, which incorporates a temperature verify on the door.
Clients need to check in and depart a cellphone quantity in case contact tracing turns into crucial. Everybody should put on a masks and employees are geared up with face shields.
There are plastic curtains hanging subsequent to every chair to separate clients.
DeLong mentioned he understands the necessities, however mentioned it takes away from the social expertise.
“Simply the gear that everyone has to put on is slightly off-putting, really,” he mentioned.
Karen Kindred agrees with DeLong. She mentioned it was a “surreal” expertise to get a haircut Saturday.
Kindred determined to make use of the shutdown as an opportunity to experiment with a unique look.
“I all the time needed to develop it out to see if I prefer it, as a result of I all the time saved my hair quick,” Kindred mentioned.
However she mentioned her lengthy hair began to get to her over the previous week or two. She realized she likes her hair higher reduce quick, and was ecstatic to get a haircut.
“This was my likelihood to comprehend that I do not actually prefer it this size. So it was time to get ‘er all finished up.”
Jon Fidler, one of many homeowners of Hair Hunters, mentioned it has been laborious work to get the salon able to reopen.
“I now have extra sterilizing stuff on my station than I do, in all probability, hair merchandise,” he mentioned.
However Fidler mentioned it was well worth the effort to have the ability to begin seeing his clients once more.
“After 37 years within the enterprise … you look ahead to seeing all these folks,” Fidler mentioned. “You are used to seeing them each month or two after which abruptly you do not see anyone.”
Not all salons have been able to reopen on Saturday. Some determined to attend a few days to complete placing the ultimate touches on their pandemic protocols.