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Hanscom Barbershop to reopen for limited clientele

The Hanscom Barbershop is reopening July 21, but will be limited to serving only active-duty military personnel until further notice.

The Hanscom Barbershop is reopening July 21, but will be limited to serving only active-duty military personnel until further notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Maki)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. - The Hanscom Barbershop is reopening July 21, but will be limited to serving only active-duty military personnel until further notice.

Officials have posted the safety procedures for customers outside the barber shop. Customers must stop at the point of entry and sign in with their name and telephone number. They will be served in order of their place on the sign-in roster.

Because of social distancing, there are no seating areas for customers either inside or outside of the barbershop. The barber will call when they are ready for the next customer.

“Individuals are welcome to browse in the main store, sit in their car or wait outside,” said Tammy S. Toney, general manager of the Hanscom Consolidated Exchange. “Whatever is most comfortable for them.”

Customers must show an active-duty ID card before entry, whether in uniform or in civilian clothes.

A maximum of three barbers will be working in the shop with one customer each. No one else will be permitted in the shop per the current guidelines. The chairs are well separated from each other with a clear vinyl partition hanging between each work station.

The barbers will provide some personal protective equipment for the customers.

“We’re not providing customers with masks because they’re already required to have a mask to enter the building,” said Toney. “However, for each individual customer, there will be a disposable cape in place of the usual cloth cape to protect their clothes.”

She said each barber will wear a disposable cape, rubber gloves, and a mask, and hand sanitizer will also be available at the entrance.

Because of the increased hygiene procedures, longer waiting times are likely, Toney said.

“The barbers are going to have to completely sanitize their station between each customer, which is going to create a small lag time,” said Toney. “We appreciate customers’ patience.”

The hours for the barbershop will be Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed Saturdays and Sundays.