Massachusetts barbershops, pet groomers back open for business on Monday

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Monday is opening day for barbershops, hair salons, and pet groomers in Massachusetts.

They’ve had to wait it out more than two months, and they’ve been working hard to prepare for their reopening and ensure they meet all the state’s new safety guidelines.

Besides wearing a mask, each barber station must be six feet apart to maintain social distancing, but for Bentley’s Barbershop in Springfield that’s not feasible for them so they instead put up plastic curtains to separate each individual station.

The barbershop also put up yellow caution tape over seats in their waiting area. And Bentley’s found a way around the “appointment only” rule for haircuts. They’ll be distributing restaurant pagers to customers who will wait in their cars in the parking lot.

Owner Evan Nyman told 22News he’s confident they’ll be able to provide safe haircuts. “Absolutely, I can be able to provide a safe haircut because that’s what we were doing in the first place prior to this virus.”

“Nothing has ever changed, I mean we’ve always strived and haven’t been here this long without being clean, sanitary, and being professional,” he continued.

Nyman told 22News customers have been calling him all week asking for haircuts, many of them from Connecticut, a state that delayed the reopening of barbershops until June 1.

Nyman said he’s expecting a busy opening day Monday and that it will continue for at least a week.

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