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Outside haircut? Modesto-area salons take scissors to streets amid COVID-19 closures

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As hair salons and barbershops remain closed for indoor cuts, a few intrepid Central Valley stylists are taking their clippers into the great outdoors instead.

After being shut down again last month because of the continued spike in COVID-19 infections in Stanislaus County, salon owners were given the green light to cut hair outside — with safety and other restrictions. But the realities of cutting hair on city sidewalks and asphalt lots in the midst of a sweltering Central Valley summer are something else entirely.

Still, for Revive Salon owner Jackie Wilson, who opened her new downtown Oakdale salon at the start of June, it’s the only way she can stay in business. So she is making the most of the much less-than-ideal situation by cutting hair on the walkway in front of her salon.

“We’re trying to make the best of it and make the best out of a difficult situation. But it’s a difficult situation for everybody. This is a way for me to give stylists a way to work,” Wilson said. “If you can envision going camping and getting a haircut, that’s what this is like.”

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