Orange County to distribute free personal protective equipment to hair salons and barber shops

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GOSHEN – Orange County’s Emergency Services and Health departments will be distributing free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to hair salon and barbershop owners on Saturday, June 6.

Hair salons and barbershops are part of Phase 2 of the NY Forward Reopening plan, which is expected to start in the Hudson Valley on Tuesday, June 9.  

Per the state guidelines, hair salons will be restricted to three services when they open: haircuts, hair coloring, and hairstyling. Other businesses that can open in Phase 2 include: Offices, Real Estate, In-Store Retail, Vehicle Sales, Leases and Rentals, and Commercial Building Management.

“Residents ask me every day when hair salons and barber shops will be open,” County Executive Steven Neuhaus said. “We are here to do everything that we can to assist them in opening in a safe manner. This equipment will not only help salons reopen safely, but it will also help to put their clients at ease. I’m proud of the hard work and effort of our emergency services team, in collaboration with other county departments, who have been distributing essential PPE throughout the county in a timely and efficient manner.”

Face shields, face masks and hand sanitizers along with guidance information will be available for salon and barbershop owners to pick up at six different locations on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. In addition, residents who are in need of face coverings are welcome to stop by the distributions where a limited supply of masks will be available. 

If you cannot get there on Saturday, e-mail to request masks. 

Distribution locations are:

  • Orange County Government Center, 255-275 Main Street, Goshen
  • Orange County Algonquin Park, 54 Powder Mill Road, Newburgh
  • Town of Wallkill Town Hall, 99 Tower Drive, Middletown
  • Liberty Green Senior Housing (under pavilion), 2 Liberty Court, Warwick
  • Water’s Edge Apartment Complex (under pavilion), 208 E. Main Street, Port Jervis
  • Town of Monroe Town Hall, 1465 Orange Turnpike, Monroe

“The health and safety of business owners, their families and their patrons is a top priority for us,” said County Legislature Chairman Steve Brescia. “The county is here to help businesses with the resources and equipment needed for them to get back to work.”