The Ledge Light Health District, which serves towns in Southeastern Connecticut, ordered cosmetology businesses to close as of 10 a.m. Thursday, and until further notice. Businesses affected are licensed hairdressing salons, barbershops, nail salons, estheticians, and persons engaging in facials, waxing and makeup applications.

“This action is necessary to promote social distancing and help lessen the spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” said Stephen Mansfield, director of health for the New London-based health aency. “While we recognize the challenges faced by small businesses when they cannot maintain regular operations, we absolutely must decrease the occurrence of close interpersonal interactions in order to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.”

An identical order was issued Thursday by the Uncas Health District, which covers towns in the Norwich area. Many other personal care offices have also closed, including dental offices, in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

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