Barbers and Salons Make the Cut
By John Meng Publisher/Editor
Men and women who might have considered themselves as ‘cosmetically challenged’ these days are breathing sighs of relief. Barber shops and hair and nail salons are back open for business.
Last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an eagerly awaited executive order to expand openings of certain activities and businesses, which included barber shops and salons.
“I was super excited and cautious at the same time, but I feel like the new laws our agency has put up will keep us safe and our community safe,” said Kendall Tipton, owner of the The Tangled Gypsy salon in Edna.
“Everyone has been super excited to get their hair cut and highlighted. I have such a deep connection with my customers they are like family. It is great to get to see them again.
“Today has given me the chance to see how everyone has been doing (since the virus began),” she said.
As of May 8, cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons and shops, and other establishments where licensed cosmetologists or barbers practice their trade, were allowed to open, but all such salons, shops, and establishments must ensure at least six feet of social distancing between operating work stations. Tanning salons may also reopen under the same limitation.
Also starting May 8, swimming pools may open subject to certain limitations, including on their occupancy or operating levels.
“Texas is in a position to continue opening parts of our economy because of the efforts and determination of the people of Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “Over the past month, Texans have worked together to contain the spread of COVID-19 by following social distancing practices and staying at home whenever possible.
“As we move forward, I urge all Texans to continue following these social distancing guidelines and the health standards we have provided. With every Texan doing their part, we will contain COVID-19, we will unleash our entrepreneurs, and we will make it through this challenge together.”
Per the Governor’s order, wedding venues and services required to conduct weddings may immediately open.
Weddings held indoors other than at a church, congregation, or house of worship must limit occupancy to 25 percent. Wedding reception services may also resume, but facilities must limit their occupancy to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy. These occupancy limits do not apply to the outdoor areas of a wedding reception or to outdoor wedding receptions.
Beginning May 18, office buildings may open with the greater of five or less individuals or 25 percent of the total office workforce. These individuals must maintain appropriate social distancing.
Gyms, exercise facilities, and exercise classes may also open on May 18, but must operate at 25 percent occupancy. Locker rooms and shower facilities will remain closed, but restrooms may open.
There is a local exception. Officials at the Wellness Clinic at the Jackson County Hospital District have decided to remain closed for the safety of the hospital patients.
Non-essential manufacturing services may also open on May 18 but facilities must limit their occupancy to 25 percent.