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State to close hair salons, barbershops, tattoo and piercing parlors

New York State is closing several personal care businesses to the public in an effort to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

All barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing parlors and related personal care services will be closed to the public starting at 8 p.m. Saturday.

This move is part of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's executive order in response to the coronavirus pandemic "as these services cannot be provided while maintaining social distance."

The order also applies to nail technicians, cosmetologists and estheticians, and the provision of electrolysis and laser hair removal services.

The move is the latest to be done in concert with New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania as the governors of the four states have adopted a regional approach to battling the novel coronavirus.

"We know how the novel coronavirus spreads, and we are making data-driven decisions as the situation evolves to continue to reduce density and slow the spread of the virus," Cuomo said in a release.

"We remain in constant communication with our neighboring states to ensure we are establishing a set of uniform rules and regulations for the entire region. These temporary closures are not going to be easy, but they are necessary to protecting the health and safety of New Yorkers and all Americans."

On Thursday, the four governors previously announced closings of indoor retail shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys. Earlier in the week, the governors announced limits on crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people, the closing of restaurants and bars for on-premise service, and the closings of movie theaters, gyms and casinos.

Also as part of Cuomo's order was that notary acts have been authorized to be performed using audio-video technology, as long as certain identification and technological circumstances are met.

The order also included the governor's move to have businesses reduce their in-person workforce by at least 75%, which was announced Thursday.

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