Barber shop welcomes customers back with health and safety in mind

Staff at Q2 Barbers in Blundell Centre are busy giving customers a big “welcome back” after being closed for a couple of months this spring.

From March to early June they were shut due to COVID-19 restrictions and now have re-opened with a focus on providing a safe environment.

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To comply with provincial health regulations, customers are asked to wear masks when they enter the barbershop, which is located across from the McDonald’s restaurant.

Salon staff are also mandated to wear masks.

“In addition, we get everyone to sanitize their hands and take their temperature before they come in,” says owner Vanessa Nguyen. “And we ensure all of the stations are properly cleaned and disinfected before and after they are used to make sure they are safe for everyone.

“Most of our customers are OK with wearing a mask. But there are some who have difficulty and are not forced to wear one. The same goes for children under five-years-old,” Nguyen says. “They can wear it, but can pull it down from their nose, making sure to keep it covering their mouth.”

Prior to the temporary closure, Q2 Barbers had five chairs inside the salon. Now, to ensure social distancing, just three are in use.

“We cut the number of chairs we used to keep people spread far enough apart and as safe as possible,” Nguyen says. “And it is working well.”

At the moment, Q2 is not taking appointments and will serve customers on a first come, first served basis.

Due to space limitations, just three customers are permitted to wait inside the salon.

“The remainder are directed to wait outside, preferably in their cars, to maintain social distancing, and we estimate what time they can come back,” Nguyen says, adding customers are requested to arrive with freshly washed hair.

“We also don’t use blow dryers, either, to limit the amount of air that blows around in the building,” Nguyen says.

Despite all of the changes based on health conditions, the salon’s hours haven’t changed. It remains open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“This has been a different way of providing a service to our valued customers, and we’d like to thank everyone who has been supporting us during this difficult time,” Nguyen says.

For more information about Q2 Barbers, visit www.blundellcentre.ca.

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