Laguna Hills Barbershop Stays Open Despite Newsom's Orders

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It's been almost two months since Gov. Gavin Newsom initiated his stay-at-home order. Businesses are fed and struggling to survive without a steady income.

After releasing California's phase, barbershops, hair salons, and more are part of the Phase 3 plan.

A barbershop in Laguna Hills, decided enough was enough.

On May 1st, they opened their doors again and officially became the first barbershop in the state and the county to open again.

They felt as if they had no other choice.

“Financially, it was time,” said Rick Wood, who owns the shop with his wife, Christine.

As of Tuesday, they had a line of 75 people outside desperately trying to get in.

Newsom hasn't directly responded to the reopen of the barbershop but on May 1st, he released a statement to all businesses that they would be open to disciplinary action if they continue to defy orders.

But Wood spoke with local officials and needed to pay his bills on time still despite not being open. If they waited any longer they would have to close permanently.

But Wood assures that even they are open before the order was lifted, it doesn't mean they aren't staying safe.

The BarberHood has put in “every safety precautions humanly possible,” Christine Wood said.

Each customer and staff member has to wear a mask, she said. She bought KN95 masks for her staff from Amazon and a medical supply company nearby.

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