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Skincare, hair removal services remain off limits during Nevada COVID-19 shutdown

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Skincare, hair removal services remain off limits during Nevada COVID-19 shutdown
Skincare, hair removal services remain off limits during Nevada COVID-19 shutdown
Skincare, hair removal services remain off limits during Nevada COVID-19 shutdown
Skincare, hair removal services remain off limits during Nevada COVID-19 shutdown
Skincare, hair removal services remain off limits during Nevada COVID-19 shutdown
Posted at 9:26 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 02:41:06-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Several business owners feel they have been left off the Nevada reopening plans, including those who specialize in skincare and hair removal services. In contrast, other businesses, namely barbers, nail salons, and beauty shops, have been allowed to reopen with restrictions.

The Birthday Suit helps people feel their best when their clothes are off, but since the shutdown, owner Jason Laricchia, says his two Las Vegas locations have felt a bit naked without customers filling the rooms.

"Wherever you want to get rid of hair, we will wax it," said Laricchia.

When 13 Action News visited the location near 215 Beltway and Flamingo Road, the phone calls came in one after the other, from customers wanting to know why the business was closed and when it would reopen.

"Between our two locations, over two months, it's pretty close to a couple hundred thousand dollars we've lost in total business," Laricchia said.

Laricchia also said he was hopeful when Gov. Steve Sisolak introduced phase 1.

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The plan allowed barbers, nail salons, and beauty parlors to reopen with precautions.

Laricchia thought with his already stringent cleaning regiment; The Birthday Suit would be a part of the reopening plan.

"Barbershops, hair salons, nail salons are usually pretty wide open with different stations," Laricchia said. "In esthetics and waxing, we have individual treatment rooms, so customers are completely separated."

But moments after the big Phase 1 reveal, the Nevada State Board of Cosmetology wrote an email indicating that while hair and nail businesses could resume on May 9, those that deliver skincare services and hair removal, among other offerings, were not permitted, citing safety.

"It's been upsetting to us ever since we had to close down in the middle of March, and now we are coming up to two months of not being open," said Laricchia.

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Laricchia said he is ready to comply with any requirements placed on the business.

The company has stocked up on sanitizer that mainly kills coronavirus and buys a special disinfecting UV light that can keep areas clean from invisible germs.

Laricchia told 13 Investigates the directive is so strict he is unable to conduct training for his employees

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He added he needs at least 24 hours to call his employees back to work and begin booking appointments for customers.

As of Tuesday night, the governor has not revealed details about Phase 2, including when it might start of what companies might be included in the reopening plan.