PATERSON, NJ - The long wait is finally over for Paterson residents looking for a fresh cut, manicures, or maybe the chance to hide those gray hairs that have become synonymous with the inability to visit barber shops and beauty salons since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Monday, Mayor Andre Sayegh, following the lifting of the ban by Governor Phil Murphy, was at Palestine Hair Salon, 965 Main Street, where he not only went under the buzzer himself, but also celebrated the return of a critical component of Paterson’s local economy.

Among the evident changes were the need for appointments; a directive to wait outside until you are called in; the use of disposable capes, towels, and razors; and sheets of plexiglass hanging between each of the chairs.

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