Celebrity barber-owned Toronto salon institutes mandatory vaccination policy

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As more companies continue to create their own immunization policies, Toronto is officially having its first trade show that will require all staff and customers to be fully immunized.

The Cabbagetown Cellar Salon, owned by acclaimed hairstylist Aaron O’Bryan, is set to announce plans to protect staff and customers by ensuring everyone who enters is fully vaccinated starting October 20.

That said, O’Bryan is aware that some people face medical issues that do not allow them to get vaccinated and said these people will still be able to make salon appointments as long as they provide a doctor’s note and proof of a negative test within 72 hours of their appointment.

“I felt that as a business owner, I had an obligation to keep my staff safe and keep customers safe,” O’Bryan told blogTO.

“We have decided to introduce a vaccination mandate from Monday for all of our staff and customers who come here.”

As someone who works with CTV and combs the hair of many guests on their live broadcasts, O’Bryan has seen firsthand how effective proper security protocols are in large productions and wants to bring the same security to small businesses in Toronto.

He says his staff were very supportive of the decision and if he expects a reaction from anti-vaccines, he hopes his decision will prompt other companies to follow suit.

After a difficult year for everyone, but especially for small businesses, O’Bryan explained how united the community has been since the reopening of his salon.

After hearing many customers talk about his fear of being in public spaces, he knew something had to be done to keep those who supported him safe and healthy.


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