South Bay Salons Protest For Reopening Plan: Report

Gideon Rubin

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA — A small group of salon owners and stylists protested outside Santa Clara County’s Public Health Department building Monday demanding to know when they can reopen, The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Two dozen protesters shouted “End the wait! Give us a date!” according to the report.

Salons have been closed in Santa Clara County since shelter-in-place orders went into effect March 17 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The protesters followed social distancing guidelines at the demonstration, wearing masks and standing at least six feet apart according to the report.

Salon owners and stylists said they’re committed to adhering to social distancing guidelines and believe their businesses pose a lower risk of spreading the coronavirus than others, the report said.

“… it is time that you let us prove to you that we can operate safely,” said Erica Martin, a stylist who works at W’s Salon in San Jose, according to the report. “And it is time that you let us prove to you that we can operate safely. Let us go back into our work environments and show you that we can follow the new guidelines, and that we will follow the new guidelines.”

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This article originally appeared on the Los Gatos Patch