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Earlier this week Gov. Gavin Newsom outlined some of the precautions certain businesses would have to take when the state begins to ease stay at home orders – and a petition is circulating online asking Newsom to include hair salons and barber shops as part of that first wave of reopenings.

Hair stylist Courtney Gupta launched her moveon.org petition
to Newsom Thursday morning and it already has more than 34,000 signatures. She
proposed that salons and shops that do open take several precautions.

“What I’m suggesting is masks on both operators and clients,”
Gupta said. “Gloves, temperature checks at the door. No one coming in, operator
or client, who has been sick in the last two days.”

Gupta said customers would have to be seen by appointment only and salons would have to limit the number of people they allow in.

Ernesto Peralta is a San Francisco-based stylist who signed the
petition. He’s eager to get back to work and he agrees with all the suggested
precautions – but there are some services he said he will probably not provide.

“So beards, those I’m going to be holding off for a little
bit,” Peralta said. “Anything that involves working around, you know, close to
the face or anywhere near the eyes or the nose – anybody breathing on you.”

So far, the governor’s office and local authorities have not made any final decisions on the types of businesses to be included in a soft reopening.

Bay Area stay at home orders will remain in place until at
least May 3.

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By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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