STOUGHTON (WKOW) — Salon homeowners are calling on the governor to permit them to serve clients once more.
“We do not see an finish in sight for our trade,” mentioned Bree McLain, co-owner of Lotus Salon in Stoughton.
Co-owner Amber Luebke mentioned the pandemic has, “modified our world fully.”
McLain and Luebke’s stylists have been out of labor since mid March. They’d usually serve 2,000 clients in a month between their two places in Stoughton and Solar Prairie.
“It is actually laborious for us to make it possible for we’re taking good care of all of our staff and ensuring that we’re nonetheless there for them and every little thing that we are able to do for them that we’re,” Luebke mentioned. “Most of our staff are able to get again to work. We hear that consistently from them.”
The salon was capable of get some federal assist via the Paycheck Safety Program, so they have been capable of pay employees, however the closure has made a huge impact on their backside line.
The enterprise is simply capable of supply curbside pickup proper now. Although, the homeowners consider they will hold clients and staff protected by reopening the salon.
“There’s going to be shoppers that do not really feel comfy but coming in. And that is completely okay,” McLain mentioned. “We simply need them to have the choice that they will, if they need, we do have a number of shoppers that do wish to are available and begin receiving companies as a result of they belief that we’re watching out for everyone’s effectively being and we’ll hold all people protected.”
Lotus Salon has joined almost 250 others within the trade, sending a letter to the governor’s workplace and legislators. They’re asking to reopen, with restrictions, by Could 18.
The thought got here collectively via a social media collaboration within the trade. Janet D’Amato, who runs Salon Brillare in Pewaukee, began the Fb group Salon Professionals Alliance of Wisconsin, to drum up concepts for the right way to hold their companies afloat in the course of the pandemic.
“I feel [the pandemic is] taking away somewhat little bit of our id, as a result of it is form of a part of who we’re, so I feel that is why the hair stylists are on the market actually clawing and scratching to get again, as a result of we actually love what we do,” D’Amato instructed 27 Information. “So it is an actual problem to be away from it, however I feel we’re all going to return fairly refreshed.”
After listening to how some salons in different components of the U.S. have reopened, the stylists right here say they’re going to sanitize, put on masks and restrict numbers inside, though they will not have the ability to keep six toes from clients.
“We had been doing all this stuff beforehand, these are simply issues that we now have to form of crank it up a notch due to coronavirus, however a number of these protocols are issues that we already had in place,” D’Amato mentioned.
27 Information contacted the governor’s workplace Wednesday morning to get a response to the plea from the salon homeowners. We didn’t hear again by the tip of the enterprise day.
— to wkow.com