LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Nail and hair salons across California are pushing to reopen early.

There were hundreds of protesters outside of the state Capitol on Monday demanding a speedier coronavirus recovery plan in their favor.

In Huntington Beach, business owners held a virtual town hall with Orange County Congressmember Harley Rouda, citing the financial strains of being forced to stay closed.

“They need to pay their rent. Technicians need to get back to work,” said Johnny Ngo of Whale Spa Salon Furniture. “The industry is ready to do what needs to be done to get this moving forward.”

Ngo and other salon owners have started the campaign, Nailing It For America, suing Gov. Gavin Newsom for the right to reopen and raising money to buy personal protective equipment for healthcare workers.

Salons now carry single-use items, including pumice stones, nail files and soaps to help prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses, Ngo said.

Nailing It For America also promises that salon workers will wear plastic face shields, masks and work behind plastic sheeting.

Over a week ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom revealed the first case of coronavirus community spread in California is linked to a nail salon.

The state is currently in early stage two, where retail (curbside and delivery only) and essential businesses can open with restrictions.

Comments (7)
  1. Nick B says:

    “More COVID cases” or “Cases Rising” headlines are blatantly misleading, designed to frighten people who don’t understand basic statistics. “More cases” is simply due to more testing. It doesn’t change the fact that hospitalizations were always low and continue to drop, including in those areas which have opened. This virus is far less deadly than predicted and these hack scientists and politicians don’t want to admit it. Total jerks have ruined so many lives and I hope they are buried in lawsuits until they die.

  2. Gary M Archibald MS/Law says:

    Nail Salons are gettting a bad rap. If it had been a mechanics shop, would we not reopen them?
    One nail salon….????? Come on…… We need the nail salons to reopen, just like the hair salons. People who cut/dye/etc hair are “much” closer to the head than are nail salons!!

  3. Renee A House says:

    I think that wherever you go it’s going to be the same. Everyone needs a haircut right now. Our business’s are losing money quickly! Please open the shops! Remember, people were rioting in the street, and still are, We should be allowed to get our hair done!

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