In a tweet posted Friday afternoon, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that counties in Florida which are in the first phase of reopening will allow barber shops, hair and nail salons to reopen starting Monday, May 11th. This excludes Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
"We are ready to get back to work and make some money!" exclaims J. Henry, owner of a barber shop in downtown Orlando, in the video from DeSantis's tweet.
"I know everyone is happy to come out and support the barber shops, but we want to continue to keep one thing in mind: safety is always first," Henry says.
On Saturday, DeSantis's office released an emergency order clarifying that Palm Beach County is formally undergoing phase one, and will thus be allowed to reopen its cosmetology salons along with most of Florida.
Due to their high infection rates, Miami-Dade and Broward are the only two counties being excluded from phase one of re-openings.
The following guidelines are in place for shops and salons that reopen:
- All customers will be by appointment only
- Allow at least 15 minutes between the conclusion of an appointment and the beginning of the next appointment for proper disinfecting practices
- No group appointments are permitted
- Masks must be worn by all employees while performing personal services
- Stores must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to reopening, including all surfaces, tools and linens, even if they were cleaned before closing
- Thorough cleaning should continue between each day of operation
- Remove all unnecessary, frequently touched items like magazines, newspapers, service menus and any other unnecessary paper products and decor from customer service areas
- Consider providing unworn masks to clients for use during their appointment