Help the Cosmetology Industry survive the COVID-19 breakout

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Federal Aid Package for the Cosmetology Industry

The need for social distancing and quarantines have impacted numerous industries due to the Coronavirus. Many industries and professionals are at risk for being exposed to the virus on a daily basis. However, aside from the healthcare industry, there is another profession that is also at high risk for not only infection, but for economic catastrophe, and that is the community of cosmetologists. This realm of workers includes not only salon owners and service providers, but also, estheticians, cosmetologists, nail techs, barbers, massage therapists, body workers, tanning salon owners/employees, etc. 

To most cosmetologists, there is no paid time off or sick leave for self-employment, so many of us will be forced to choose between potential bankruptcy or struggling to remain open, which puts the community as a whole at risk for infection. The very nature of our industry is close contact, often in small  rooms, where despite how much we may clean and disinfect, we will still be exposing ourselves to any airborne contaminates from clients.  Any cosmetologist infected with COVID-19 has the ability to transmit the infection quickly to his or her full book of clients on every given day, even before symptoms arise, let alone bring home to families or others we come in contact with. 

Those cosmetologists that work with the elderly on a daily basis, such as in nursing home facilities or over 55 communities, put ourselves and more importantly, the elderly clients at risk.  Again, the struggle with potentially putting ourselves and others at risk versus potentially going bankrupt once again comes to play.  

Most licensed cosmetologists are self-employed and rely on clients' appointment fees and tips to pay for their business and personal bills. Our families are facing a long list of economic catastrophes: losing our homes, retirements, extreme debt/bankruptcy, inability to provide food for our children and/or pay for much needed health insurance.  Cancellations, rescheduled appointments, and loss of child care during this novel coronavirus outbreak {COVID-19}  are cause of grave concern to all who work in the beauty business as incomes plummet.

Fear of the unknown for the future are being felt nationwide as families begin to understand the monumental cost to help save our nation from the spread of the virus.  

The need for an Economic Hardship package is immediate and should include the following; 

-Emergency Medicaid Health insurance for those who are uninsured 

-$100 billion in government-backed, low interest loans, to help support the the self-employment income that is disappearing 

-Equal relief/aid funding of self-employed beauty/ body service workers, as we are not covered under the current proposed relief bills being voted on at the Federal level

We the undersigned plead with our elected officials to hear our warnings and cries for help as we not only see our own economic plight but also the sacrifice of our livelihoods as we struggle to keep our communities healthy. 

We appreciate your consideration of our plea.   


John V. Panetta, JP Hair, Inc.                                    As well as on behalf of cosmetologists and those in adjoining industries