Of the many businesses affected by the coronavirus situation, little attention has been paid to the grooming industry and tattoo parlors until now. In several states, barbershops, salons, nail shops, and the aforementioned tattoo parlors have been temporarily shut down and many on Twitter are having to accept their new unkempt looks until things blow over.
Since the news of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 spread has spread nationwide, the emphasis was correctly placed on the food and service industries and most front-facing jobs where individuals need to be in contact with the public. In the grooming and tattoo biz, most work in very close connection with their clients which is a big no-no as the nation is urged to practice social distancing.
Effective today, shops in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania will all be shuttered by Saturday evening for an indefinite time. They join Ohio and Minnesota, who already put the measure in place. Washington, Kentucky, and Nevada already made the mandate to close shops and Illinois will do the same after approving plans Friday. As the situation worsens, many can expect other states to follow suit.
With a pandemic going on, having your hair, nails, and tattoos looking their absolute freshest may not be the greatest concern. But with the shutdown, many of these workers who rely on cash in hand from their direct service will no doubt feel the brunt of the loss of income even with promised funds and other programs designed to soften the blow.
In the meantime, many on Twitter joined together and tried to laugh through the pain as it often happens across the social media network. We’ve collected some of the funny tweets below.
Wolf Gang: Barbershops, Salons Shut Down In Several States, Unkempt Twitter Reacts was originally published on hiphopwired.com
Barber not an essential business???? pic.twitter.com/7k1wmLp95v— Christian Little (@ClBuckets) March 20, 2020
Everyone is gonna have such fucked up hair before this is over— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) March 20, 2020
First day out of quarantine pic.twitter.com/2Hc8MN6mbH— Christopher Maciuba (@ChristopMaciuba) March 20, 2020
Barber shops shutdown? Only one thing to do... pic.twitter.com/TU7DTrk8JD— Jeff D Cinematic Universe (@JeffDLowe) March 20, 2020
So I can’t get a haircut for a month? pic.twitter.com/2kpReH6pxp— Chubbs Peterson (@macktology101) March 20, 2020
Governor Cuomo: I'm closing all barber shops & hair salons.— Jabari “Juwanna Man” Wilkes (@_HeyMalcolm) March 20, 2020
me after the national guard catches me sneaking out to see my barber pic.twitter.com/8aqomQi5kv— 𝐁𝐊 (@barrymklein) March 20, 2020
I simply cannot be held responsible for the damage I do to my hair during this quarantine. I say another 4 days maximum and I’ll be cutting my hair with office scissors— EM 🦋 (@uhhmmily) March 20, 2020
So my barber officially closed while this whole thing gets figured out.— Matty BS is staying home (@bowlingotter) March 20, 2020
It's been 15+ years since I last grew out my hair, folks.
I hope y'all are ready. Because in a couple months I'll be working on FROVID-19.
I was overdue for a haircut and today would have been the day. I can't even risk showing my bed-head because it could violate the TOS over graphic horror, but pic.twitter.com/xidIDWflzj— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) March 20, 2020
When you have had to socially distance yourself from your barber: pic.twitter.com/1xlEoQad7q— ify (@IfyNwadiwe) March 20, 2020
Me when I finally get to see my barber again in June pic.twitter.com/UcnqBn3ZJh— Josh (@ZeemanJoshua) March 19, 2020
With no haircuts due to social distancing, we're all gonna go back to work looking like the mid 00s SNL cast pic.twitter.com/l6dgWhCaIX— Shane McNichol (@OnTheShaneTrain) March 20, 2020
When this is all over, I'm going on a quest to find the barber and tattoo artist who made the word "most" necessary in this sentence. pic.twitter.com/UzhWO9SrcP— PJ Vogt (@PJVogt) March 20, 2020
My fade after trying to cut my hair myself since all the barbershops closed https://t.co/1Qz9fDCnKk— killua ⚡️ (@MyqueI) March 20, 2020
Barbershops are going to be closed but my job isn’t.....— ʎpuɐɹ (@RandyBanqs) March 21, 2020
Me walking into work next week pic.twitter.com/rI4LO7pIfe