Spokane barbershops, hair salons prepare for Phase 2

SPOKANE, Wash. — It’s the question many people have been asking — when can I get a hair cut? Unfortunately that still isn’t clear, but Spokane shops are getting ready in hopes of opening up soon.

County officials have submitted an application to move to phase two quicker. The guidelines for barbershops and salons have been released.

“We want to open up with proper guidelines,” said Dan Dickau, owner of The Barbers. “We want to open up with a plan.”

He said he’s excited and ready to get back in business, but do it as safe as possible.

Like many other guidelines, social distancing will be required. Dickau placed chairs in between each other to mark the six-foot distance. To help with this, Dickau made a change to his shop.

“We made the decision to not do shampoo stations at this time, so that will allow us to space out our shampoo bowl chairs,” he said. “It’ll probably allow the haircuts to go a little bit quicker, so it’ll allow our barbers to kinda get to the next customer.”

If other salons decide to wash hair, Gov. Inslee’s guideline states a customer’s face must be covered with a towel to protect their mouth, nose and eyes.

Cleaning is another large factor.

“The shops are going to be deep cleaned before we open,” Dickau said.

He said hand sanitizer will be at all the stations and available for customers. Employees have to wear a face mask and he’ll ask customers to wear one, too.

“As a business owner, you know, excited to move on and get to the next step, but the concern to make sure that we do things properly and safely,” Dickau explained.

Like many other people, Dickau said he’s also ready for a haircut.

“I’m going on almost two and a half months without a hair cut as well and for any of our customers that are worried, I won’t jump in front of you in line,” Dickau said. “I’ll wait another couple weeks before I get my hair cut.”

He expects to be busy once the doors open. Despite the changes, one thing won’t be different.

“All in all, it’s going to be the same customer service,” he said. “It’s going to be the same experience.”

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