“The risks associated with any of those sorts of businesses really relate to the fact that they're indoors and indoors for long periods of time,” says Tuite. (The virus travels faster and lives longer
indoors, especially in areas with less ventilation and air flow.) But, she emphasizes, it’s dependent on the set-up of the space. “If you're in a salon or are getting your nails done where you have good ventilation, or you're able to have the windows open, and everyone's wearing three-layer masks or ideally medical masks
, the risk would actually be lower than, for example, in a restaurant where people are taking off their mask to eat.” While being outdoors is always the safest option, she adds, “in terms of indoor activities [salons are] probably lower risk than other activities that are currently permitted.” Worse, many people are now turning to underground haircuts
or driving to other open regions for a trim, which could result in more spread.