A New York barber who denied stay-at-home orders and opened his business has now tested positive for coronavirus.
The news comes from health officials in New York. The officials said that the barber in Kingston was actively providing his services and ignoring the stay-at-home guidelines in the state.
The barber defied state orders for weeks and his testing coronavirus positive is likely to cause a headache for local officials. Carol Smith, Health Commissioner of the Ulster County, said the county is working very hard to keep the number of cases down. She added that hearing about the barber defying orders and testing positive was ‘disheartening’. In the end, she urged those who got a haircut from the barber to contact their respective physicians or call the country helpline.
New York is not the only state where a barber has made the news during the coronavirus crisis. In Texas, the owner of a hair salon was sent to prison for defying state orders and reopening her business during the coronavirus pandemic.
In an executive order, Governor Cuomo shut down all non-essential businesses until May 15. Salons and barbershops were also on the list on ‘non-essential businesses’
Barbers And Coronavirus. Prospect of Reopening is Dividing Opinion
Barbers are strangely making the news more often during the coronavirus pandemic. In Texas, allowing barbers to open back up became a political fight. Governor Abbot initially did not list barbers as essential businesses when allowing the state to reopen partially.
Two GOP state legislators defied the governor’s orders and got illegal haircuts from a salon. The governor soon listed barbers back as essential businesses allowed to reopen.
Wisconsin Governor Evers saw his decision to extend stay-at-home orders overturned in the Supreme Court.
The day the Supreme Court gave the order, bars in Wisconsin opened the same night.
In California, Alameda County’s health inspector has made an enemy – Elon Musk. After the inspector refused to allow Tesla to reopen, Musk sued the county and threatened to move the company out of California. Musk’s frustration lies in the fact that California Governor Newsome already allowed manufacturing companies to reopen. However, the governor also gave some counties the power to allow businesses to reopen on their own accord. Alameda country was given the right as well and it is now using it to stop Tesla from reopening.
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