black market haircuts toronto

People in Toronto are now getting black market haircuts

If you're someone who feels like they would do anything for a haircut right now, you're far from alone.

In fact, business for one East York barber hasn't slowed a bit since orders for hairdressers, salons and barbers to close were issued by health officials in late March.

Apex Da Barber has continued to give at-home quarantine cuts to his customers this whole time, according to the CBC.

"Last month, I'd say I gave at least 200 haircuts," he told the CBC under the promise of not revealing his real name.

He said that as soon as the order to close was announced, his customers started reaching out to ask if he could hook them up.

He said that he's introduced safety measures like wearing personal protection equipment, asking family members to wait separately and sanitizing his tools.

Barbers across the city have been using social media platforms like Instagram to advertise their services. 

Meanwhile, Toronto Public Health told the CBC they've conducted 124 complaint investigations of hair salons/barber shops and issued 17 charges since March 29.

Premier Doug Ford recently announced a new list of businesses allowed to reopen during Stage 1 and hairdressers and barbers were not on it.

Due to the close contact nature of the service, which can facilitate the spread of the virus, it could be some time before they are allowed to reopen. And even then, getting an appointment will be difficult.

So unless you're willing to go underground for a cut, you can always ask a trusted loved one or suck it up like the rest of us.

Lead photo by

Katey McCarney 


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