Independence Barber Co. COVID 19 Updates - Effects On Current Barbershop Schedules
Some quick updates based on the current COVID - 19 situation -
Due to a massive slowdown in business we will try our best to stay open as long as we can. We have reduced our hours temporarily and are open Thurs & Friday’s from 10-6 and Saturday from 10-3 until further notice. Walk ins are welcome but appointments are preferred and always take priority. You can book here (this is the most convenient and recommended way to schedule an appointment for barbershop services)
We will be putting after hours appointments into effect and if you need a barbershop service after hours or on a day we are not open, we will accommodate you at an extra cost. For after hours appointments please send your date and time request to email@example.com and we will immediately get back to you
We ask that if you are not feeling well or have been in contact with someone who may be sick that you reschedule your appointment. All of our staff members have school age children and do not want to risk infecting them with any sickness (not just this virus).
For those who are not aware:
Our staff and owner are all independent contractors who do not receive sick pay, health benefits or unemployment benefits. Currently there are no benefits in place to help micro businesses during this crisis. Small businesses who do not have “employees” (contractors who receive a 1099 are not considered employees. Additionally their bosses are not entitled to apply for any disaster loans based on this). Disaster unemployment insurance (unemployment for self employed during disaster situations) has not been activated for the state of Texas. To sum this up- if we are not working- we have no source of income- this includes our shop owner and all barbers. We encourage you to continue to frequent businesses such as ours if possible during this time.
How you can help us from afar- our online store has a variety of merchandise that can be purchased to help support our business, and we will be adding more in the coming days. We also have gift cards available that can be purchased online and used in shop for any service or products. Those who prefer a gift card that can be used in our online store- virtual gift cards will be added to our online shop later this evening.
How we can help you- if your job requires you to maintain tidy facial hair or regulation haircuts (first responders, medical, military etc) and you can not afford services due to the current situation please schedule your appointment and then email firstname.lastname@example.org - we can service you and maintain an iou on file; there is no deadline- when you can afford to pay, then you can pay for services. We will gladly work with anyone who needs the assistance.
These processes have always been effect in our shop, and will continue indefinitely -
We use hospital grade disinfectant wipes on everything
Antibacterial disinfectant is available to all our clients in single use packets (top of display counter, help yourself)
All of our tools are thoroughly disinfected before each service
We have masks on hand and can be worn by your barber and/or yourself during your service at your request
Thank you for all your support through this complex and trying time, and remember to help each other- we are all equally feeling the impacts of the current situation.
Independence Barber Co.