Vaccinated people celebrate reopening by getting maskless haircuts

Lead Barber, Juan Sosa, at People's Barber on Polk Street, San Francisco. June 16, 2021.
Lead Barber, Juan Sosa, at People's Barber on Polk Street, San Francisco. June 16, 2021. Photo credit Kathy Novak/ KCBS Radio

For hair salons and barbershops that have closed and reopened a few times during the coronavorus pandemic, the lifting of restrictions has made life and business a bit easier.

The sign outside People’s Barber on Polk Street says, "We’re back," and on the door an instruction: "Unvaccinated people must wear a mask."

But customer TJ Pettit doesn’t need one.

"Yeah, I’m here maskless I’m vaccinated," Pettit said. "It feels great."

Lead Barber Juan Sosa told KCBS Radio that some clients are still choosing to keep them on.

Lead Barber, Juan Sosa, at People's Barber on Polk Street, San Francisco. June 16, 2021.
Lead Barber, Juan Sosa, at People's Barber on Polk Street, San Francisco. June 16, 2021. Photo credit Kathy Novak/ KCBS Radio

"They see the signs, (and) they’re like, ‘Can I?’" Sosa said. "They always ask the barber, which we appreciate a lot."

And they have learned to work around them by now.

"In the beginning it was weird…because we didn’t know what to do," he said. "Our clippers are hitting the strings, it’s cutting off masks, masks are flying everywhere. They have been fixing some of those quarantine hairdos, too."

"2020 was a year where dudes were just growing out their hair, and this is probably my second hair cut in 7-8 months," Pettit said.

Another perk for vaccinated customers is the ability to drink the free beer that comes with service inside now.