PALM SPRINGS – A popular downtown barber has moved his business outdoors and onto the historic downtown La Plaza – at least temporarily – while COVID-19 continues its chokehold on the state and region.

Luigi’s old-style Barber Shop, one of the city’s most traditional barber shops, is located in the heart of Palm Springs at the La Plaza Shopping Center. The shop, which offers classic haircuts, hot towel shaves and flat tops, has been in business since 1989 and is doing what it can to keep the doors open.

The outdoor setting is picturesque.

“Hello friends and customers, I wished things/situation was different but, this is still reality, “the shop posted on its Facebook page. “Have a great and safe weekend everyone out there!”

The shop is operating from 7 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. to avoid the heat of the day.

“Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for all your continuing support, very, very appreciated!” the owner wrote.

The California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency released rules allowing hair stylists, barbers, manicurists, massage therapists and estheticians to offer some personal care services outdoors.

Hair salon owners can operate under tents, canopies or other shelters so long as no more than one side is enclosed, the agency said, allowing for enough outdoor air movement to deter the buildup or spread of the virus.

The rules still prohibit chemical hair services including shampooing, permanent waving, bleaching, tinting, coloring, dyeing and straightening. Electrolysis, tattooing and piercing also are banned.

The barber shop has managed to work outdoors in a way that some hair salons have not been able to.

The barber shop owner was not immediately available for comment.






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