ALBANY – New York State is directing all barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors, nail salons, hair removal services, and related personal care services to close amid the novel Coronavirus outbreak.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says that the services cannot be provided while maintaining social distance. The directive states the businesses should close effective Saturday at 8 p.m.
“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,” Governor 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.”
On Thursday, the state announced indoor portions of retail shopping malls, as well as amusement parks and bowling alleys were ordered to close.
Earlier in the week, the Governor announced limits on crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people. The governor also announced restaurants and bars would close for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery services only.
The governor also temporarily closed movie theaters, gyms and casinos.
Similar closures are also in effect in New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.