New bill allows barbers to legally work on Sunday

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ROME, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) – On Wednesday July 14th, Senator Griffo was in Rome at Sal’s Barber Shop to repeal a bill most barbers don’t even know existed. The senator’s bill, which was just signed into law by Governor Cuomo, repeals an old law that prohibited barbershops and salons from operating on Sundays.

Senator Griffo was inspired to sponsor the bill in an effort to help industries struggling from the pandemic.

“It’s my opinion that we should re-examine things that are on the books, and if they don’t reflect modern culture and society or if they’re causing an obstacle to people’s ability to be successful then we should take that under consideration and either revise or remove those type of laws,” he said.

Sal Calcara, the owner of Sal’s Barber Shop, admits that the past year was tough on the business. His shop is typically closed on Sundays, but he’s glad that people now have the choice to make that decision on their own. He’s hopeful that as things continue to open up and return to normal his business will see some positive change.

“We just hope for the best,” Calcara said. “Take it one day at a time, and hopefully next year it will do a lot better.”

Senator Griffo said, “People are out and about seven days a week. There needs to be some flexibility, and when you see how the industry was impacted from COVID, I think it’s important that we do whatever we can to give them the resources and the ability to be successful.”

Barbershops and salons are just one industry impacted by outdated laws. Senator Griffo has already worked to change the law surrounding alcohol sales on Sunday moving the time for legal purchases from noon up to 10 a.m. He says he will continue to do work to change and revise outdated laws.

The law that allows barbershops and salons to operate on Sundays is now in effect.

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