Barbershops, groomers adapting to ‘new normal’ in coronavirus era

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The race is on to get haircuts in Massachusetts.

Many barbershops and hair salons are all booked up with appointments being made by people in need of a cut.

“I’ve been wearing hats mostly outside a lot because I just don’t want to deal with it. So this is going to help a lot,” Ryan Stairs of Agawam said.

It’s appointment only now at barbershops, but they’ve been busier than ever. The Barber in Feeding Hills has been getting calls from all of their regular customers as well as from people in Connecticut since barbershops there are still closed.

Owner Tony Spryzenski told 22News, “It’s a pleasure to be able to help them. We are able too but the other part of it, we are trying to make sure we take care of our clients that have been loyal to us over the years.”

Dog groomers have also been overwhelmed with appointments, and the state’s new safety guidelines have made for a different experience there.

“We are trying to do it in a safe environment,” said Laurie Holland, owner of Dunkin Doggies & Cats Too. “We have a fenced-in area, we bring our dogs into so that way if we do bring out leashes as opposed to coming in the front door. We just want to see our customers and get back to making money.”

“These guys are much happier when they are groomed,” Melissa Cartier of Chicopee added. She told 22News, she’s very relieved to have grooming services back.

“Being back open starting with phase one has been great. I can’t wait for us to be fully open and this is gone.”

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