A tattoo artist at work (Photo by Michael Deschenes)

Anyone looking to get a haircut, manicure, or new tattoo in the tri-state area has until 8 p.m. Saturday, when all such establishments will be temporarily closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus, officials said.

The governors of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania made the joint announcement Friday morning with the goal of not having people travel from one state to another to seek out such services. 

“We know how the novel coronavirus spreads, and we are making data-driven decisions as the situation evolves to continue to reduce density and slow the spread of the virus,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “We remain in constant communication with our neighboring states to ensure we are establishing a set of uniform rules and regulations for the entire region. These temporary closures are not going to be easy, but they are necessary to protecting the health and safety of New Yorkers and all Americans.”

The move comes after the states made similars order for gyms, casinos, malls, amusement parks, bowling alleys, and movie theaters, closed schools on Long Island for two weeks, ordered bars and restaurants to switch to take-out only, and mandated non-essential employers have no more than 25 percent of their staff not working from home to stop the spread of the pandemic.

Officials have repeatedly urged the public to avoid crowds and forced the canceling of widespread concerts and events to keep the virus from spreading. Officials have said the goal is to reduce the rate of spread and not overwhelm the hospital system when the virus peaks by the end of April.

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