“I need it (a haircut) worse than anything. I haven’t had a haircut since February.”
– GOVERNOR DESANTIS
Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Friday, May 8 that his administration would allow barbershops and salons to reopen as of Monday, May 11.
The news came hot on the heels of his Phase 1 reopening speech where he complained openly about not having had a haircut since February. Reopening salons during the first phase was not part of the original plan, which allowed restaurants to reopen with a 25 percent cap on indoor seating.
Barbershops and salons that reopen during this first phase will have to obey “enhanced safety protocols” set by the state. Those protocols were not announced on Friday but you can find them HERE on MyFloridaLicense.com. Mandatory restrictions include the following:
- All customers will be by appointment only. No walk-ins to be accepted.
- There must be 15 minutes between each appointment to allow for proper disinfecting practices to take place.
- No group appointments are to be permitted.
- Masks must be worn by all employees while performing personal services.
Suggestions on best practices include:
- Shops should thoroughly clean and disinfect all areas before reopening, including surfaces, tools, and linens, even if they were cleaned before you closed the evening before.
- Consider providing unworn, clean masks to clients before use during their appointments.
- Remove all unnecessary, frequently touched items like magazines, newspapers, menus, and other non-essential decor from customer service areas.
DeSantis also shared news that he was expanding the State of Emergency for an additional 60 days, through Tuesday, July 7 in order to continue the work to flatten the curve of the pandemic statewide.