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Cosmetologists concerned over being considered 'essential services' in Ducey's order

The governor’s stay at home order took effect Tuesday evening, but some are questioning how essential some of the “essential services” really are.

Until April 30, everyone in Arizona should stay home unless going out for essential services, according to Governor Doug Ducey.

The governor’s stay at home order took effect Tuesday evening, but some are questioning how essential some of the “essential services” outlined in the order really are.

“We can’t stop the spread if we are touching people and people are working,” D’Lisa Shayn Khademi, owner of Salon D’Shayn said.

She and other cosmetologists are questioning why personal hygiene services are considered essential in Governor Ducey’s order. Personal hygiene services include things like barbershops, hair and nail salons, and the like.

“I couldn’t live with myself if I inadvertently passed a virus along,” cosmetologist Kelly Campbell said.

“I feel like it’s what’s necessary for us to help flatten that curve,” hairstylist Natalie Shake said.

Many have closed their doors and choosing to stop seeing clients, while others are still performing services.

“They’re just trying to pay their bills,” Campbell said. “They’re following Ducey’s order, but it’s an irresponsible order.”

“We want to be back for you, but if people are still seeing a bunch of clients the likelihood of entire salons getting sick is quite high,” Shayn Khademi said.

Governor Ducey saying the stay at home order is to continue additional measures to stop COVID-19.

“The objective here is to continue to mitigate and to slow the spread,” Ducey said.

But stylists say they can’t keep distance guidelines while doing their job.

“There is no way, my arms are not six feet long,” Shake said. “There is no way to cut someone’s hair, shampoo someone, to perform any kind of chemical service. You are right in their faces, literally.”

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