We all know that these are uncertain times. The risks of COVID-19 are not well understood and there is controversy among the experts on how the virus can spread and difficulty in scientifically determining whether anyone has the virus at any moment in time.
We all know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that all businesses like ours remain closed. On the other hand, our Governor Larry Hogan has assessed the risk and he feels that opening salons is safe at this time. Elements of Style is not an expert in the risk analysis of COVID-19. We are willing to open and provide salon services to you if you are willing to accept the risks of contracting COVID-19.
In consideration for providing haircuts and color, by signing below you agree to accept all responsibility for the risk that you may contract COVID-19. While we are taking your safety and that of our staff very seriously, by employing new safety and sanitation initiatives, we cannot guarantee that any of these measures will completely protect you from contracting COVID-19.
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration for providing haircuts and hair coloring services, I agree that should I contract COVID-19, I agree to indemnify and hold Elements of Style, officers, agents, servants, employees, and landowners and their successors and assigns harmless from any and all claims for damages should I contract COVID-19 from my receiving a haircut and color services at Elements of Style.
I further agree that I will not file, nor cause to be filed, nor participate in any lawsuit against Elements of Style, it's agents, servants, employees, and any other person who may be in any way connected with haircut and color services at Elements of Style, including but not limited to owners of Elements of Style, the staff with whom I am receiving services, their employees, and agents for injuries and/or death as a result of contracting COVID-19.
I agree that if I take any steps to make a claim for damages against Elements of Style, it's agents, employees, or any other released parties arising out of my receipt of a haircut and color services during my visit to Elements of Style facilities, I shall be obligated to pay all attorneys' fees and costs incurred as a result of such claim.
I acknowledge that I can go elsewhere to have my hair cut and colored, and I acknowledge that Elements of Style is not the only hair salon where I can have my hair cut and colored. By signing this agreement, I acknowledge that I am free to go to other salons who may not require my agreement to accept responsibility for contracting COVID-19 and I chose to have my haircut and color services.
In addition, I agree that if any dispute or claim relating in any way to the services provided by Elements of Style pursuant to the terms of this agreement will be resolved by binding, individual arbitration, rather than in court. I agree that arbitration shall be governed by the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), including its procedural provisions, in all respects.