AG Landry calls for Edwards to reopen hair salons

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Shana Bonner, left, styles the hair of Pho Gibson at Exquisite U hair salon in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Wednesday a bill making California the first state to ban workplace and school discrimination against black people for wearing hairstyles such as braids, twists and locks. (AP Photo/Kathleen Ronayne)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WDSU) — Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is calling on Gov. John Bel Edwards to allow barbershops and hair salons to reopen.

Landry sent a letter to Edwards on Tuesday, calling for what he said was “common-sense, reasonable guidelines on cosmetologists.”

“We have thousands of licensed cosmetologists in our state; many are independent contractors who have no other source of income and are struggling to make ends meet,” said Landry. “They not only want to serve their clients, but they also need to work in order to put food on their tables and provide for their children.”

In a letter to Gov. Edwards, Landry notes that while some customers may be wary of getting too close to their providers, others have the desire to receive service.

“Whether to improve personal hygiene or boost mental psyche during these challenging times, the demand side is real; but the supply side has been completely shut off by 33 JBE 2020,” Landry wrote.

Landry said in his letter that “allowing for reopening does not require these businesses to reopen or require customers to avail themselves of the service; rather, it gives our state’s people the opportunity to make their own decisions.”

By: WDSU Digital Team

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