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Salon owners, workers call for reopening of indoor services

Almost 100 beauty salon owners and workers held a protest near South Coast Plaza on Monday, Aug. 10,  to call for Gov. Gavin Newsom to reopen the shops for indoor services.



The protesters gathered at Bristol Street and Sunflower Avenue on the border of Santa Ana and Costa Mesa, saying Newsom needs to reopen the shops to help their owners and employees.

A week after closing the salons, the state on July 20 allowed them to do services outdoors, saying doing so reduces the risk of coronavirus spread. But many salon owners have said it’s tough to offer outdoor services – from dealing with the heat that leads to clients’ hair sticking to carrying heavy equipment in and out every day. Some salons have closed their doors, refusing to offer services outside.

Michelle Carter, who said she is a hairdresser at Alkali Salon in Costa Mesa, which remains closed, said hairdressers are independent contractors who don’t get the same benefits as regular employees.

“If we don’t go to work, how are we going to pay mortgages? Rent? Anything?” she said. “Why are we not allowed to work?”

Staff photographer Jeff Gritchen contributed to this report. 

Source: Orange County Register

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