Hair salons, barber shops to remain closed for now

By BRYAN DAVIS PUBLISHER,

Customers will be returning to restaurants and families will be going to state parks later this week, but salons and barber shops will remain closed for the time being.

Gov. Tate Reeves announced today that he would not be allowing this industry to open to the public due to health concerns.

When speaking of the beautician industry, Reeves said, “It’s one I want to open badly. It’s one my wife wants me to open badly.”

Reeves said relief could be coming soon for operators in this industry as he has ordered CARES Act money be used to help stabilize these businesses.

“We’ve probably spent more time on this topic than any other over the past 14 days,” Reeves said during his daily briefing on the state’s response to the coronavirus on Monday.

Reeves said he has consulted health experts, lawyers and industry leaders and looked at “100 different ways” to reopen these establishments.

Reeves said he realizes the owners and employees of these businesses are hurting.

“I wish I could do more for everyone,” Reeves said.

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