Tale of Two Hairstylists: Odessa business owners react to repeal of mask mandate

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ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – Alonso Sais owns Classic Barber Shop on N. Grant Avenue.

“It’s going to give people confidence, business owners confidence, now that the mask mandate is gone. We can get busy again,” Sais said.

Just like his customers, Alonso thinks the mask mandate ending is a good thing.

“Yeah, they were complaining. ‘I wonder when they’re going to let us not wear the mask again,’ was the question I kept hearing,” Sais said.

As someone on his feet the whole day, Alonso said it helps him not to wear a mask.

“It was hard for us to work because we had the mask and we couldn’t breathe very well,” Sais said. “But they wore the mask. We all wore the mask.”

But it’s a tale of two hairstylists.

“They know my rules. I strictly enforce it,” said Anna Harbin, owner of Hair Shop on E. 52nd Street.

“To me, health comes first. Money comes later,” Harbin said.

Anna said as a business owner, she will keep enforcing CDC guidelines.

“If we can’t be apart 6 feet, I can’t do my job that way,” Harbin said.

Anna closed down Hair Shop in March last year. Then, again in November through the holidays. She finally reopened January 4th this year.

“Financially, I lost money. But, I lost so many people I loved. I know 42 people who died from it,” Harbin said.

Anna said she has customers wash their hands before they can sit down. They have to wear a mask.

“You can’t buy your health back or buy your life back, or anybody else’s life for that matter,” Harbin said.

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