Gov. Charlie Baker announced Monday his four-phase plan to reopen the state's economy.

In order for local salons and barbershops to open, they must follow social distancing guidelines, hygiene and cleaning protocols and new staffing procedures. A list of safety standards, along with a checklist, have been published at There also are a limited amount of services available. Haircuts, coloring, blow-drying and treatments are allowed. Meanwhile, eyebrows, beard trimmings, lip waxing and manicures are not permitted in phase one.

Shops are beginning to put up signage, create visual markers where clients can sit and even install a shield at the front desk in order to protect receptionists. While waiting areas remain closed, customers are required to arrive at their appointments alone and wait outside or in their cars until they can be seen. Also, each shop must maintain a log of workers and customers in order to support contact tracing.

Shops have spent the past week trying to balance the preparation needed to reopen while creating an environment that helps customers remain safe.

Read all the details at The Berkshire

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