Before his office closed to non-emergency appointments on March 13, Zeichner noticed one side effect of COVID-19 fears: patients have gotten hand rashes from washing. "It is important to treat these rashes, because, in addition to being itchy, inflamed or raw skin is at risk for developing an infection," he says. "[Closing down] is the least we can do as a medical provider to decrease the spread and flatten the curve," Boston-based dermatopathologist Gretchen Frieling, who has decided to close her office for at least two weeks, tells Allure. "Was it a hard decision? 100 percent.
Another piece of news in the dermatology world is that the 2020 annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, originally scheduled for March 19 to 23 in Denver, was canceled. "This decision was made to protect the safety and wellbeing of not just our meeting participants and staff, but their families, colleagues, and patients, as well as the Denver community at large," dermatologist and AAD president George J. Hruza tells Allure.
The Makeup Show, a professional conference for makeup artists scheduled to take place in Houston on March 21 and 22, has been postponed until August. "Countless vendors, artists, and attendees expressed their concerns and withdrew from The Makeup Show Houston," says Shelly Taggar, owner of The Makeup Show. "We just couldn't provide the same experience in artists, education, presentation, and the amount of brands we promised.
Troisi, an associate professor in divisions of management, policy, and community health and epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. "Unless it's a really big salon where there are lots of operators and clients together at the same time, both operator and client should be able to practice social distancing [three to six feet) from others in the salon.
As of press time, the status of Glamsquad and its network of traveling beauty professionals remains uncertain. "We are doing absolutely everything in our power to protect consumers and pros at this time," a representative tells Allure. " We are closely monitoring the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local governments and will prioritize health and safety above all else.
As of March 13, Glossier shuttered its storefront locations for two weeks with the plan to adjust that timeline as needed. "As a business leader and CEO, I’ve been asking myself how Glossier can continue to bring joy to our community, especially during these darker moments, while respecting calls for social distancing and helping promote public safety," founder Emily Weiss explained via Instagram. "The best thing we can do now is to stay at home.
Before her New York City salon closed on March 16, she described her space as "couldn't be a cleaner environment to be in," and she had been asking clients to use hand sanitizer when they entered the treatment rooms.
As a nail artist who works in close contact with her clients every day, Miss Pop was already vigilant about health. "Especially since my chosen career has so much close contact, I do not work even if I just have a cold," she says.
As the salon's closing statement makes clear, Leary has decided to forego any similar further profits for the health and safety of her clients and staff. "When one person gets sick, it seems to always spread pretty quickly.
Prior to their temporary closure, as recently as March 12, Whiteroom had actually seen an increase in appointments. "I have noticed we are busier during the day because people's offices are closed, and since they aren't sick, they have free time to get things done that they would normally have to save for the weekend," Leary told Allure last week.
Nail artists and their fellow beauty professionals such as hairstylists, makeup artists, and aestheticians are faced with a potential threat to their health or livelihood if the outbreak escalates. (Allure has reached out to confirm whether Miss Pop is currently seeing clients. ) Freelance beauty pros can typically create their own schedules; for in-house employees, workplace practices are as much of a concern as individual healthy habits.
In a press release on March 17, Ulta announced that stores will close all its store locations beginning on March 19, until at least March 31. " However, most stores will continue to be outlets for buy online and pick up in-store as allowed by local and state regulations, and all guests can continue to shop through the Ulta Beauty app or visit ulta. com," the statement reads.
New York City-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner tells Allure that he is no longer seeing non-emergency dermatology patients. "For the next several weeks, we will be seeing only emergency cases in the office," he says. "We are in the process of developing a system to treat patients through teledermatology.
Gato, a makeup artist with Maybelline Spain, is currently under Spain's mandatory 14-day quarantine, which means his schedule has been entirely postponed. "All the industry is taking a break, that's the right thing to do," he says. "The best thing we can do now is to stay at home.
In an email sent to customers, founder Amy Ling Lin wrote: "This is definitely not an easy decision for us, as we really want to continue being your oasis to get a moment of relaxation after your many daily stressors… on the other hand, your and our employees' health and safety are the most important things to us.
Before shutting down temporarily on March 16, a similar email from Brooklyn-based salon The Bird House also noted that some staff members have "compromised immune systems" and to please keep their health in mind before showing up for your appointment.
A statement posted to Instagram reads in part, "The health of our staff, clients, and the community that surrounds us is the most important thing to consider as this situation unfolds.
When Allure reached Miss Pop, she was on day 12 of a 14-day voluntary self-quarantine. "Self-quarantine has been a minor inconvenience," she says. "It's been a bit boring, and I'm definitely stir-crazy, but luckily, my family and the Internet have kept me entertained.
As of March 16, Tardif reports that "lots of events [are] canceled. " His brand Veil Cosmetics, which he advertises on the Home Shopping Network, will show previously aired items, postpone its segments, or use Skype Live. "All the industry is taking a break, that's the right thing to do.
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