Modified: June 1, 2020 2:24pm
Erie County will be assisting licensed local barber shops and hair salons re-opening their businesses by providing face shields for barbers and stylists’ use as they return to work in Phase Two of Gov. Cuomo’s plan to reopen New York. The face shields are part of a supply of PPE acquired by the county to address health and safety needs related to the pandemic and will be distributed at no cost to help barbershops and salons reopen quickly and meet the newly issued state guidelines requiring this additional protection. Employees in this sector must wear both face masks and face shields when providing service directly to their customers. Erie County will also be making hand sanitizer available to these businesses.
“We are working to make the re-opening process easier for barber shops and salons by providing the PPE they need to keep their employees and customers safe and also comply with state guidance,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “We are in this together and working for all to make this Phase Two re-opening period successful.”
To obtain PPE, barbershops and salons must submit their request at www.erie.gov/faceshields .
The request must include:
• Proof of NYS Appearance Enhancement Operator or Barber Operator license
• Names of employees for each face shield requested (1 per person)
Shop owners are encouraged to apply for their entire licensed staff. A copy of each staffer's professional license will need to be the uploaded at the time of application to be eligible.
Individual barbers and cosmetologists who are unable to obtain PPE through an employer are also able to submit a request. Proof of Erie County residency is required.
After the request is approved, directions and location for pickup will be provided in an email response. Pickup dates will be scheduled later this week.
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