Cromwell to issue declaration urging Gov. Lamont to allow salons, barbershops to reopen immediately


CROMWELL, Conn. (WTNH) — The Town of Cromwell approved a resolution Tuesday evening to draft a declaration asking Governor Ned Lamont to allow businesses to open up immediately.

When Governor Lamont took salons and barbershops out of phase one of his reopening plan, that last-minute change did not sit well with leaders in Cromwell. The declaration draft must go through the town’s attorney before it gets into the hands of Lamont, but the town’s mayor told News 8 this is an urgent plea.

Mayor Enzo Faienza said the official declaration has not been drawn up yet, but it’s a step to get Governor Lamont to reconsider his decision on salons and barbershops to remain closed for Phase One of his reopening plan.

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My Phan, the owner of My Hair Studio in Cromwell, said the salon is her lifeline.

“I have nothing else, no other source of income.”

Phan said the quick reconsideration from the governor on reopening salons and businesses is just another dig at her livelihood.

Gov. Lamont addressed the unease at his Tuesday briefing, saying, “I’m not interested in going out there with state troopers, enforcing. I really urge each and every one of you, and the mayors, to encourage each and every one of your businesses to do the right thing. And by the way, if they’re not doing the right thing, customers, don’t go.”

But the order still did not sit well with Cromwell leaders.

“I can no longer sit here and accept the governor picking winners and losers,” Faienza said. “It’s just not fair and it’s not right.”

That’s why he said he took a stand and called a special town council meeting with the town’s attorney to see what the legal parameters would be if they were o allow some of the small businesses in town to reopen.

After an executive session, the town council was unanimously on board to authorize the town attorney to create a declaration to allow Cromwell businesses that are willing, ready and able to open.

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Enough is enough. How long will continue to put out executive order after executive order and restrain the rights of these business owners, the right to make a living?

– Mayor Enzo Faienza/ Town of Cromwell

So what does this mean? The official declaration will go straight to Governor Lamont’s desk with the goal of reconsidering his decision on salons.

“What country are we living in? I never thought a day — in my almost 47 years on this Earth — that I would hear we are going to police legitimate businesses,” Faienza said. “I believe in our business owners. I believe in every single one of them to do the right thing.”

The declaration does not mean Cromwell businesses get to reopen May 20 along with other businesses. It is just a unanimous motion from town leaders that they hope will have the governor reconsider.

In related news, hairstylists are also taking a stand in Hartford on Wednesday, protesting outside of the Capitol Building and demanding the right to reopen now rather than June 1.

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