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Hair salons, barbers can't reopen for at least a month in WNY

The state will allow hair salons and barbershops to reopen when a region reaches phase two of the reopening process, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Friday.

In Western New York, that likely means none will be open for at least another month. And while that's another four weeks without working, not knowing was worse for some stylists and barbers.

"Just knowing what phase we're in is such a relief for us," said Randi Smith, the owner of Shear Passion Hair Salon in Williamsville. "It gives us some hope."

The second phase of reopening may begin no sooner than two weeks after the start of the first phase, under New York's guidelines.

"As a business owner, it's good to just know something," Smith said. "We were hoping for phase two."

She said she and her team have been holding virtual meetings to plan for how to reopen and what precautions they must take. She said their clients are like their families, and they want them to be safe.

With businesses shut down for another month, there should be no shortage of customers waiting for hair cuts, perms and color.

"Thankfully our salon will be fine," Smith said. "We're going to follow the rules and just hang tight."

Five of the state's 10 regions began to reopen Friday, with many businesses involved in construction, manufacturing and retail allowed to restart operations while following state guidelines.

Western New York, composed of Erie, Niagara, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties, has not yet met the standards that allow it to begin the gradual reopening process.

Based on the seven state measures, it will be at least two weeks before Western New York could begin phase one of reopening.

News Staff Reporter Barbara O'Brien contributed to this report.

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