Man Drove 600-Miles from Washington to California Just to Get a $20 Haircut at an Open Salon

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J Farr, 28 with his new haircut. Credit: Wes Heryford

An unemployed man drove over 600-miles from Washington to California to get a $20 haircut, after local officials allowed salons to reopen ahead of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s planned Phase 2 reopening.

J Farr, 28, from Olympia made the trek to Butte House Barber in Sutter County on Tuesday after his buddy in Yuba City, CA shared with him that he had had a cut there.

‘I immediately started making preparations.’

– Farr told the Los Angeles Times

Farr, who like the rest of us has been in lockdown for three months had previously considered shaving his own hair before deciding to make the journey.┬áResidents of┬áneighboring counties and other states have been making the journey to salons in Sutter and Yuba counties which have been open since early May, but Farr’s journey looks to be the longest. By Farr.

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The arduous trek from WA to CA.

Demand is high and salons that are open are currently overwhelmed with bookings while still trying to maintain social distancing measures.

The governor gave a select few counties permission to move forward with Phase 2 of California’s reopening plan, but that does not include personal care services. The Yuba-Sutter bi-county health officer has still asserted that businesses should seek private legal county to determine whether they fit within that phase, and many are concerned about the possibility of legal ramifications.


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4 thoughts on “Man Drove 600-Miles from Washington to California Just to Get a $20 Haircut at an Open Salon

  1. However unlikely, imagine that this guy tests positive a week from now. How many people will he have exposed just to get that $20 haircut?

    This is not the way to handle reopening. If you must travel, take care to make sure you *aren’t* the “super spreader”.

    1. Meant to say “the next ‘super spreader'”. (Hopefully all ends well in this case.)

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