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Vermont barbers, stylists reopening as restrictions ease

  • Rachel Mowrey, a stylist at Salon Meraki, in Brattleboro, Vt.,  cuts Ann Butynski's hair, Friday, May 29, 2020. Friday was the first time the salon was allowed to open up since Vermont closed all hair salons and barbershops because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

  • Kalea Shippee, owner of Salon Meraki, in Brattleboro, Vt., works on dying the hair of Jen Delano on Friday, May 29, 2020. Friday was the first time the salon was allowed to open up since Vermont closed all hair salons and barbershops because of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Associated Press
Published: 5/29/2020 9:15:58 PM
Modified: 5/29/2020 9:15:50 PM

Hair stylists and barbers are back in business Friday as part of the latest round of business reopenings in Vermont from COVID-19 shutdowns.

The hair professionals must follow a number of restrictions. Customers also must book appointments in advance and remain at a safe distance from other customers.

Meanwhile, Gov. Phil Scott announced Friday that he is increasing the size of allowable gatherings from 10 to 25, guidelines for the reopening of gymnasiums, cleaning services and museums.

Starting Monday, massage therapists, indoor gymnasiums, cleaning services and some other close-contact businesses will be able to resume limited operations.

The state is also going to allow the reopening of overnight camps for out-of-staters.

“It’s a pilot project, if you will, because taking this step within this very controlled environment will give us some insight into how we manage out-of-state tourists as we move to easing restrictions such as quarantine requirements,” Scott said during his regular COVID-19 briefing.

The guidelines for the overnight summer camps say they can operate at 75% of capacity.

There are quarantine requirements, which can be done before traveling to Vermont or at the camps. There are also requirements for parents or others who would be bringing the campers to Vermont.

While Vermont is seeing a small growth rate in new cases, the virus hot spots of Boston and New York are only several hours’ drive from the state.

Scott said he hoped to be able to encourage out-of-state visitors to come to Vermont again soon.

“At this point in time its just not safe to do so,” Scott said. “So, again, the strategy that we’ve been using appears to be working and I know it’s frustrating for some, but if you look at the bigger picture, and you have to look at the regional picture, you can see that one false step, opening up too quick will set ourselves back a month.”




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