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Salons, Barber Shop Openings Delayed; Tennis Courts Open Soon

You’ve waited a long time for that haircut or coloring.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait a bit longer.

The opening of those nearly essential (to many) businesses was set for this Wednesday (May 20).

Today Governor Ned Lamont announced t– with Governor Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island — that those businesses will be pushed back to “early June.”

Lamont noted that after extensive discussions with owners and employees of these businesses, more time is needed.

“We’ve been hearing a lot of feedback from many owners and employees, and at this time I think the best approach is that we hit pause on the reopening of hair salons and barbershops, take a step back, and allow some more time as preparations continue to be made,” the governor said.

In other reopening news, Westport plans to open the Longshore and Staples High School tennis courts on May 27.

Play will be limited to singles, and allowed on courts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 at Longshore, and 2, 4 and 6 at Staples.

Longshore tennis courts (Photo/Cliona Becker)

Additional restrictions will be in place, and posted here. The Longshore courts will require advanced reservations, with payment by credit card only; no walk-ups permitted.

Work is now being done on the Town Farm and Doubleday courts. When that’s completed, those courts will be open with similar restrictions.

Meanwhile, the Longshore pool opening is delayed until further notice. So is staffing of lifeguards at Compo and Burying Hill beaches, as the town awaits further guidance from the state.

Unsung Heroes #109

Alert — and grateful — “06880” reader Peter Boyd loves the Longshore pool.

“It’s an incredible town resource,” he says. “For just the price of a handpass, you can swim in a well-kept pool surrounded by the Long Island Sound. It’s great.”

Last week — following an energy-sapping heat wave — the temperature dropped substantially. Then it rained.

But Peter is intrepid. At 5 p.m., he headed to Longshore to swim.

No one was there — no one, that is, except a man named Jay. He’d covered his computer — used to check those handpasses — with a trash bag.

Jay welcomes swimmers to the Longshore pool.

He cheerfully told Peter that the pool was open according to the published schedule — rain or shine. It’s closed only during thunderstorms, and for 30 minutes afterward.

“He was happy to let me in,” Peter says. “And the lifeguards were happy to come out to ensure I was safe.

“They’re a great team. Service was cheerful and professional, as always. Whether it’s a crowded weekend in the sun or a deserted weekday in the rain, we are very lucky to have them.”

Thank you, Jay and everyone else at the Longshore pool. You are our Unsung Heroes of the Week!

Rain or shine, the Longshore pool is a town gem. (Photos/Peter Boyd)

Pic Of The Day #140

Last lifeguard shift of the summer: Labor Day at Longshore. (Photo/Erika DiGiovanni)

Pic Of The Day #124

Longshore pool, early morning (Photo/Pamela Einarsen)