Stylists, start your scissors! … and your nail brushes!
Gov. Ron DeSantis gave the green light for hair salons, nail salons and barbershops, which were originally not allowed to open their doors under the governor’s phase one plan of reopening the state, to reopen on Monday.
He announced this via a tweet today at 3 p.m., allowing those sites to open with enhanced safety protocols for all counties in Phase I of the state’s step-by-step reopening (so, 64 counties minus Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, where 60 percent of the state’s COVID-19 cases are).
Beauticians must wear gloves and masks and must take customers by appointment only.
DeSantis came to Orlando last weekend after Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings penned a letter to him imploring to allow salons to re-open in Phase I. DeSantis said he was consulting with experts and would make a decision in the future.
Monday, the governor allowed restaurants and retailers to open with limited capacity but initially directed gyms, nail salons, hair salons and barbershops remain closed, along with vacation rentals. Osceola County Commission Chair Viviana Janer said Friday that the county had sent a similar letter, co-sponsored by the County Commission, State Rep. Mike La Rosa, Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce President John Newstreet and Experience Kissimmee CEO D.T. Minich.