Personal care business owners concerned about temporary closures

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Owners of personal care businesses are preparing to temporarily close due to concerns over the coronavirus.

The governors of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania made a joint decision to close barbershops, hair salons and nail salons. They say that social distancing cannot be maintained during personal care services.

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Lewis Ramsey, owner of House of Skillz Barbershop in Bed-Stuy, says he understands the need for the closure but the hasty decision gave him no time to prepare. He was forced to cancel appointments that were scheduled for the next few weeks.

"Right now I'm just really thinking about what I'm going to do after I close down, you know, to pay the rent, like still take care of my family, pay my bills at home," Ramsey says.

The New York Nail Salon Workers Association announced a fund to help nail salon employees who are suffering during the closure.

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