HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) — While many businesses closed their doors for Memorial Day, others were opening theirs for the first time in a long time.
“We were pretty upset when we had to close our doors because we were doing everything, we felt, for the safety of our customers,” said Lee Jordan with Lee’s Barbershop.
“With all the coronavirus happening, I definitely want to make sure our safety for our clients and myself and my stylist is number one but you know it was very sad, and it was very sudden. They only gave us pretty much a days notice,” said Bridgett Bumpas with Salon 421.
Two months ago, Governor Andy Beshear closed salons and barber shops in Kentucky with an executive order to stop the spread of COVID-19. On Monday, they were allowed to open once again.
“I took all my people that got canceled from the shutdown and I just moved them back in order,” said Bumpas.
Despite opening on a holiday, many say business was good.
“We’ve had enough days off so opening on Memorial Day wasn’t a problem for us. The gentleman beside you just said he didn’t care what day it was today, he was just glad we were open,” said Jordan.
“Even for a holiday, I wanted to get back and I knew there had to be somebody who would want to come in as soon as they could so I was fairly busy and they were all just glad to be here with the mask on or whatever needed to be done just to be here,” said Morgan Thomas with Salon 421.
Under the new guidelines, employees must now wear masks at all times and clients should wear masks whenever possible. Stations must be 6 feet apart and capes, equipment and chairs must be sanitized after each client. For a full list of guidelines, click here.
“I wear gloves as much as I can at the shampoo bowl or if I’m waxing. An extra towel for the client on their face while we’re at the bowl or laying on the table for a wax,” said Thomas.
“We’re taking extra precautions and we’re cleaning extra,” said Jordan.
For now, the businesses can only operate at 33% of their full capacity and by appointment only. Salons and barber shops that operate with walk-in only must develop a number counter check-in system to follow social distancing guidelines. Despite the changes and restrictions, many stylists say they were just happy to give a fresh cut and share a smile, even if covered, with a familiar face.
(This story was originally published on May 26, 2020)