Start counting down because we are just hours away from being able to get our hair cut in Alberta again. Salons and barbershops have been included in Alberta’s first phase of the reopening process. Though Alberta hair salons are slated to reopen on Thursday, May 14, there will be rules in place and they may seem odd at first.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced that phase one of the provincial relaunch strategy would include many non-essential businesses we missed like pubs and restaurants.
Many people currently sporting "quarantine cuts" were pleased to learn that phase one will also bring the reopening of salons and barbershops.
There was much confusion around what the relaunch would look like, especially coming from the Calgary mayor.
But while we are nearing the opening day of Thursday, May 14, the provincial government has painted a clearer picture of what rules and regulations will be in place in order to keep staff and customers safe.
The provincial government website lays out exactly what is expected of both customers and employees of hair salons and barbershops.
It reads that there must be two metres of distancing between clients waiting in the waiting area. They're also encouraged to wear masks and sanitize before entering.
Things like magazines and toys will be removed and contactless payments are to be used as much as possible.
Physical barriers may also be installed for reception areas.
Each hairstylist is encouraged to only use their products and to not share between workstations.
There must also be enough distance between each station.
Proper cleaning and sanitization must be done between each client and the provincial government suggests staggering client bookings to allow for proper cleaning time.
Booking online or through the phone will become the new normal and all customers are asked to arrive no more than five minutes early.
Workers are encouraged to wear surgical masks while working with clients.
The province also has recommenced that blow-drying not be done unless both the stylist and client wear masks.
Anyone who is experiencing symptoms including cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat are asked to not visit any establishment.