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Local hair salon worries for another round of closures

Gov. Gavin Newsom's new order this week put salons in 30 counties on the watch list. Action News Now spoke to the owner of a Chico hair salon who now fears Butte County will be on that list soon.

Posted: Jul 15, 2020 7:31 PM
Updated: Jul 16, 2020 9:17 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Gov. Gavin Newsom's new order this week forced salons in 30 counties across the state to shut their doors.

Action News Now spoke to the owner of a Chico hair salon who now fears Butte County will be on that list soon.

Snip Snip was shut down for months during the stay at home order and is finally up and running again. Owner Julie Duran said she worries - not only for herself - but for her employees if her shop doors close back down.

"I am scared. I don't know if I can shut down for another two-and-a-half months," said Duran.

For over 2 months, Snip Snip was closed down.

“Everything needed to be paid but nothing was coming in,” said Duran. “Small businesses are struggling we’re all in this together, we all need to stick together."

Just when business is starting to pick back up, Duran doesn't know if this may be the last client she has.

“We are waiting for the other shoe to drop, it can be any time it can be this afternoon," said Duran.

"I’m nervous about it," shared stylist, Maddie Kelstrom. "The last time I was lucky enough to get unemployment, this time around.. I don't know how it’s going to work with reopening my claim. I’ll probably end up having to look for an essential worker job at a grocery store."

One customer getting his hair trimmed told Action News Now that he hopes the salon doesn’t close down.

"I was going to come next week but I decided to go and come today because I’m afraid that unless things change they might close the barbershop and the salons again so I decided to come," said client, Sal Ventura.

Snip Snip was known as a walk-in shop, but now Duran changed it to appointments.

That's not the only process that changed.

"The back of the salon is only for blow dries so we don't spread the air," said Duran.

Duran said everybody cleans everything after every touch and they only keep three people inside the shop at a time.

She also said hopes she won’t have to shut down and in the future things will go back to normal.

Duran said not everyone knows they are open and she wants her clients to know she misses them

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