Vacaville Barber Shop Defies Shelter In Place Order

All chairs were full at a Vacaville barbershop on Friday afternoon after the owner intentionally opened, in violation of the shelter in place order. The barber shop is Primo’s Barber Shop in Vacaville, and the owner Juan Desmarais said his decision was based on the economic circumstances for his business and family.

“This decision is based on our need to provide for our families, it’s based on Solano County’s COVID-19 stats,” said Desmarais, “the fact that our county only has five deaths.”

It was a busy day for the shop on Friday with patrons getting a much needed haircut, but this is still against the shelter in place orders.

“Basically we’re telling him that if he doesn’t stop operating his business, that we’ll be forced to take stronger actions such as citations, arrests, any number of things,” said City of Vacaville Public Information Officer Mark Mazzaferro.

But Desmarais, who is a former Marine and law enforcement officer himself, isn’t worried.

“I want to ask those same people if they’ve been to Costco, Wal-Mart, any drive-thru, the gas station, have they quarantined by themselves or with other people who have done any of those actions,” said Desmarais, “if so, then your point is a moot point.”

The city has not not released a timeline for when the next step may come, as for Desmairas, he’s in it for the long haul.

“We’re going to stand our ground for a lot longer than this coronavirus,” said Desmarais, “that’s the sad thing, this is all driven through fear, no one is using common sense anymore.”