As of April 19, a total of 33,722 people have signed a MoveOn.org petition that seeks a “soft start,” or one client at a time for Oregon hair salons amidst the pandemic.
Created by Kara Owen, the petition specifically calls to “allow licensed beauty professionals to perform beauty services privately with one client in the salon/per stylist at a time,” starting on April 27.
Owen states in the petition that “Servicing one client at a time (while wearing a mask & gloves) poses little to no risk of spreading the virus, as compared to 20 or more people in a grocery store or 10 plus people at restaurants picking up food.”
Salons are among businesses facing a hard financial blow through the pandemic. “The survival of the independent beauty professionals is at risk. We are facing a grave financial hardship,” states Owens.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reached out to Gov. Kate Brown for comment on the petition, asking whether or not she would consider reopening these establishments. Press Secretary Liz Merah responded by explaining that though Brown understands that businesses are struggling during these complicated times and “credits the incredible sacrifices Oregonians have made,” the reopening of all businesses will be assessed based on health outcomes and concerns as to not jeopardize public health.
Both stylists and customers alike signed the petition, while the panic-buying that has ensued due to coronavirus includes home-care beauty products bought in part because of the lack of salon-care available. In the first week of April, sales of hair clippers skyrocketed 166% and hair-color products by 23%.
By Cara Nixon