“The governor is destroying what was a vibrant industry in Michigan,” said Mike Sarafa.


Despite the governor lifting Michigan’s stay-at-home order – salons and barbershops are still forced to stay closed.


Members of the Safe Salons for Michigan Coalition testified before the Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic in Lansing Tuesday.


“We’ve been closed for 80-plus days, and a loss of $285,000 in revenue,” said Rachel Harned, Bombshell Blowout Dry Bar and Salon.


The coalition recently gave Gov. Gretchen Whitmer an eight pillar plan to safely reopen salons and barber shops, calling it a “comprehensive reopening plan” that includes sanitary and procedural measures to keep employees and clients safe. Rep. Jack O’Malley (R) Dist. 101, Lake Ann: “You come up with protocols, you’ve submitted them, and you’ve heard nothing?”


“Correct,” Sarafa said.