Owners of the Laque Nail Bar in North Hollywood defied Gov. Gavin Newsom's order to close their salon, but Wednesday, they were given a reprieve.
The Torosians tell KNX they've done their research to keep customers safe and invested tens of thousands of dollars in medical-grade equipment -- anti-microbial paint, a completely touchless experience, a NASA-grade UVC air filter, certification as a bio-hazard cleaning center, and placed barriers between technicians and clients.
Additionally, all clients must wear masks and technicians must wear face masks, face shields, and change gloves between each service
"The governor’s new order makes absolutely for no sense for any business to do services outside where we have zero control over the environment, no infection control, no health or safety protocols. It’s impossible and it goes against everything the governor has in written law," he added.
July 13, Newsom closed dozens of businesses for indoor operations.
Newsom added that ALL the counties on the monitoring list should close indoor operations for more sectors due to the risk of spread and outdoor activities including fitness centers, worship centers, offices for noncritical sectors, personal care services including hair salons and nail salons, indoor malls, and barbershops.
"It has been hard on us and on the business because we lost a lot of our technicians due to the pandemic. A lot of them moved back home, a lot of them moved in with their parents, so we’ve just been struggling with that," Marina Torosian told FOX11LA.
"We were at home for 103 days, then they let us reopen. We implemented our safety protocols and then a week later, they had us shutting down again," she said.