Saturday, January 22, 2022

Play

Despite a failed attempt in the U.S. Senate, more than 200 business owners call for federal reforms to strengthen election laws, and the U.S. Supreme Court deals another blow to abortion providers.

Play

President Biden gets cheers and jeers as he marks his first year in the White House, the Jan. 6 committee wants to hear from Ivanka Trump, and the Supreme Court rejects another challenge to the Texas abortion law.

Play

Expanded broadband akin to electrification in rural America 80 years ago; small Wyoming grocery store survives monopolization; revitalized Kansas town gets national recognition; and Montana's Native communities look for voter suppression work-arounds.

As Maine Reopens Hair Salons, Many Stylists Fear for Safety

Play

Monday, May 11, 2020   

TOPSHAM, Maine -- Maine is one of the first states to reopen hair salons, but so far, many who work in salons say it hasn't been worth it.

On May 1, Maine included hair salons in its first phase of business reopening after the COVID-19 shutdown. While many were eager to open, some salon owners have opted to stay closed, as workers voice concerns for their safety.

A cosmetologist, who asked to remain anonymous, said she felt she had to go back to keep her clients. But she isn't comfortable.

"I feel like a lab rat. I feel like I'm in an experiment," she said. "I cried about it Tuesday night, my first night getting home from work. I couldn't help but feel like I was being put in a situation to wait and see what happens."

Hundreds of stylists are now pushing Gov. Janet Mills to reverse her decision and instead include hair salons in the third phase of reopening the economy. According to the state's Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, there are more than 2,500 hair salons in Maine.

Julia Perry is a Brunswick-area hair stylist and cosmetologist leading the movement to delay hair salon openings to phase three. When she learned the governor had included them in phase one, Perry said she was upset - and asked on Facebook if others felt the same.

"I started this Facebook group at 2 a.m., while I was about shaking in the fetal position, on Wednesday after her announcement," Perry said. "And I just never could have imagined this many people feeling the same way, with the same exact concerns."

Perry is an independent contractor and said she won't reopen until there's more testing and other safety measures in place. She has asthma, is currently living with her parents, and doesn't want to put them - or herself - at risk.

Perry said the members of her Facebook group are split on whether they decided to go back to work.

The anonymous stylist said she's only seeing half the number of clients she did before because of all the sanitizing she does between appointments. She said she's working because she needs the income, but she wishes she didn't have to make that choice.

"I would feel a lot better if they were not included in phase one. I would feel a lot less pressure, a lot less stress, and a lot less anxiety," she said. "I love what I do. I say, 'I don't work a day in my life.' I really think we opened too soon."

She added it's hard to follow the strict guidelines, which include wearing a mask and face shield. She said the shield fogs up and it's difficult to breathe through the mask. And she said at one point, she almost fainted.


get more stories like this via email

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2018 to fill the seat previously held by Republican Jeff Flake. (Flickr)

Social Issues

A wave of new Arizona voters in the 2020 election changed the normally conservative state to one where progressive candidates and ideas have a fightin…


Environment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to use federal funds for a project to help keep invasive carp out of the Great Lakes. It is proposing using …

Social Issues

Healthcare workers at an Oregon hospital have achieved what they say is a "win" after several strikes in recent months. Nearly 300 workers and …


Pennsylvania has over 300 million square feet of big-box building rooftops, which new research suggests could provide almost half the electricity that these buildings consume if they were outfitted with solar panels. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

As Pennsylvania continues to grow its solar-energy capacity, a new report found the roofs of big-box stores present a big opportunity to increase …

Social Issues

If Iowa wants to create healthier outcomes for its residents, advocates say there are steps policymakers can take right now to make it happen…

Over the course of the pandemic, North Dakota has received more than $350 million in federal aid to help struggling renters, but says it has sent back roughly 40% of that money unspent. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

North Dakota has returned a significant portion of the rental assistance provided by the federal government in the pandemic, and groups working …

Social Issues

Nearly 1,200 Hoosiers are about to have some of their student-loan debt forgiven, as part of a multistate settlement with the student-loan-servicing …

Social Issues

After a defeat on Wednesday, Democrats in the U.S. Senate say they'll keep trying to pass voting-rights legislation, and one Wisconsin group wants …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021