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Salon industry to be included phase 2 reopening the economy.

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* Edit : since phase one is already underway we have changed this petition to urge for phase 2*

Professionals who work in the beauty industry are licenced to touch people. This is a privilege that very few professions have, and one that the salon industry, the City of Toronto, and the province of Ontario take very seriously. The safety of customers and employees is so important that the Health Department conducts random inspections of salons to make certain we are in compliance with the law, imposing major fines without leniency for any discovered violations. 

Like many salons, The Corner Spot is a small business that employs several licenced professionals. We went to school to obtain 1500 in-class hours, then passed an exam to prove that we are competent, capable, and understand what we have learned. In addition, we were required to complete 2000 hours in an apprenticeship program under a licenced professional to obtain experience in our field before we were licenced. Each year, we are required to renew our license in order to continue working in the industry. We are already trained and prepared to protect the public from infectious disease transmission, both from ourselves and from others. We train for this our entire careers. Long before COVID-19, we were worried about HIV, Staph, Strep, Tuberculosis, and more. I cannot say this about many businesses that are already operating or that will be included in the first phase of reopening. Can you?

A prolonged closure of salons is misguided and unfair. It is bankrupting salon professionals, who are predominantly women, many with children. While retail businesses and restaurants have the opportunity to pivot their method of sales, the beauty industry has not had that luxury because of the physical nature of the business. Many salons in this city that were otherwise thriving have been forced to close permanently or are not far off.

People come to a salon to be transformed and to feel good. Many are not aware or simply have not put a lot of thought into the fact that each and every day we not only insure your safety against infectious diseases but we are highly trained and highly regulated for exactly the reasons we are facing today. We have more control of our space and movement within it than any retail business or restaurant yet we will likely be the last to open.

If you agree with my views of the integrity of the salon industry please sign this petition and help us show government officials that this industry that they so highly regulate deserves a chance. We have proven ourselves and trained all of our careers for prevention of COVID-19. 

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