Is It Safe to Go to the Hair Salon Amid a Pandemic?

As hair salons reopen around the country, many people, many of which have longer hair than usual, find ourselves asking the same question: Should I get my hair cut?

Depending on your home state, hair salons may have been open since April (Georgia) or as recently as late June (New York City). Hairstylists and salon owners, like other personal-care professionals, have been forced to quickly adapt to update health and safety practices as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As with so many other industries, the pandemic has been devastating to the beauty business.

Still, personal care providers do have one edge — since their business is built on person-to-person touch, they’re already used to thinking about hygiene. Each and every salon owner we’ve spoken to emphasized just how thoroughly they’ve considered safety in their reopening plans.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo on confronting a “frightening” pandemic, and thoughts on his political future

The Executive Mansion in Albany, New York, has been home to, among others, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and, for the past nine years, Andrew Cuomo.

“Do you know, it’s a lovely home, but it’s not homey. Where’s the homey part?” asked “Sunday Morning” host Jane Pauley.

“There is no homey part,” said Governor Cuomo. “We live more on the second floor. It is a little more casual.”

And familiar. His father, Mario Cuomo, who died in 2015, was a three-term Governor of New York. “I can see him sitting right in that corner watching a ballgame, with the telephone,” said Andrew. “And he was never more than ten feet away from the telephone.”

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo with “Sunday Morning” host Jane Pauley, at the Executive Mansion in Albany, N.Y. CBS News

Today, Cuomo is having his moment, despite New York being the global epicenter of the

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As mortgage rates go down during the pandemic, home prices go every which way

Homebuyers who are emerging from their COVID-19 cocooning are likely to encounter bargain-rack mortgage rates for the forseeable future. But it’s less clear what they’ll find when they look at home prices.

Are prices going up or down? Recent reports have been mixed and largely don’t reflect the impact from the coronavirus pandemic.

What’s likely to happen to prices in the coming months? The forecasts are murky, too.

Here’s a look at what we know — and what we don’t know.

Several reports say home prices are going up

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One closely followed national survey said last week that home prices across the U.S. were up 4.4% in March, compared to a year earlier. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller study also tracks prices in 20 major cities and says Phoenix saw the biggest year-over-year gain — 8.2% — while Chicago had the smallest growth, at just 1.5%.

Meanwhile,

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