Local barber reacts to mandated closure

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Last night, Governor Justice mandated that hairdressers and barbers must close their doors for the next two weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak.

On what would typically be a busy Friday, the chairs at The Country Store in Oak Hill were empty today.

The cosmetology industry now joins a variety of other workers in wondering how to afford day-to-day life while not working.

“Right now, it’s just a mandated 16 days,” says President of State of West Virginia Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists Donnie Snyder. “That [affects] a lot of families just through us and it’s hitting everyone across West Virginia, not just our industry.

To stay up to date on the mandatory closure, visit the State of West Virginia Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists Facebook page.

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