Mississippi barbershops, hair salons, and gyms to reopen Monday under strict guidelines

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — The state of Mississippi will take another step in getting its economy going Monday. Governor Tate Reeves extended his safer at home order Friday for two more weeks, but he is allowing hair salons, barbershops, and gyms to reopen. There are some restrictions though.

While retail stores have started the limited capacity reopening, the state will now see how this works with salons and gyms. It’s news that a lot of owners and managers wanted to hear.

FOX13 talked to a salon owner in Southaven a couple of weeks ago. Back then she said it was time to reopen and get businesses going.

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Of course there are some cleaning and social distancing rules that must be met.

Before and after opening, salons and barbershops must be deep cleaned.

There has to be hand sanitizer when customers walk in and in keeping with distancing guidelines, chairs must be 6 feet apart and cleaned after use.

There is a one customer per stylist or barber at a time limit and employees and customers must wear masks.

When it comes to gyms, there has to be one employee who is responsible for cleaning workout equipment after use. Surfaces must be cleaned at least once every two hours.

Social distancing must be maintained with equipment and employees need to wear masks.

Hand sanitizer needs to be available as well.

Gyms are limited to just 30 percent capacity.

These are some of the major guidelines, so clearly it will be a different experience at the salon, at the shop, and at the gym. These places won’t be crowded, there won’t be any lingering around, and cleanliness will be an even bigger focus.

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