PARAGOULD, Ark. (KAIT) - On the first day since the pandemic closed them down area salon and barbershop owners kept their chairs full.
To keep their clients and staff safe, Coiffuer’s Salon in Paragould added 6′ partitions separating all booths. Also, clients must answer health screening questions before entering and must wash their hands before sitting down and are required to wear masks.
Cosmetologist Denise Goode said once Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced salons could reopen, she began getting calls.
“Within a few minutes, I had this week completely booked up and filled up,” she said.
The six weeks Goode couldn’t work seemed like forever. She’s eager to get busy.
“I’m excited to be back to work just to see everybody,” she said. “It’s been a long time. Some of these people I’ve missed out on seeing to. We’ve talked and we’ve texted.”
Although she’s excited to be back, she’s not enthusiastic about the mandatory masks.
“So far, the hardest part of coming to work is having to wear something over my face,” she said. “I would be good with everything else and everything else is going to go smooth but I’m going to be uncomfortable.”
To accommodate 41 appointments through Saturday, Goode says she’ll be working 12-hour shifts, starting at 7:30 a.m. each day.
For those leery about returning to the salon chair, Goode says if you come to Coiffuer’s, you’re in good hands.
“Go ahead and stay home, if it makes you nervous,” she said. “The way that we sanitize and keep things going on in here, I think they’re just as safe as they ever were before in the past.”