Salons, barbershops & personal care services reopen across Michigan today

Posted at 4:27 AM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 12:17:50-04

(WXYZ) — After much debate, personal care services will reopen across Michigan Monday, June 15.

Stephanie Anderson, owner of the Living Room Hair Lounge in Ferndale, says a lot of measures in the news guidelines for reopening are what licensed salons are already required to follow. It's just a matter of taking the extra step, like hiring a company to do a deep cleaning.

"Firstly, everybody will be required to wear a mask," she said.

Anderson says she also gave input as part of "Safe Salons of Michigan," a group of salons and barbershops formed during the pandemic, to outline a safe reopening and present it to the governor's office.

"People will wait in the car until we able to service them. We will give them personal phone calls. No text messages. just to make sure that we communicate effectively."

"Also, everybody will be required to use hand sanitizer and wash your hands at our bar sink," she said. "Temperatures will be taken. "

Tattoo artist Geary Morrill, the owner of futurelazertiger, said he is watching for a second wave.

"We will not be going back to work until July 1," he said.

He said he's taking extra precautions for customers and his staff.

"As the practitioner, if you're not doing everything that you can to protect yourself and your client, the odds are that it's gonna be you that gets sick," he said. "You're the person that has multiple exposures."

Morrill said he and other members of his staff are high-risk, so there's that much more motivation to step up safety protocols.

"And honestly, what we're most worried about is the aerosolization. Just any kind of fluid, body fluid spray. all of that gets turned into tiny little droplets that float around in the air."

Everyone must wear a mask, and he said the plan is to add rolling partitions between chairs and make use of both doors.

"Sending out health questionnares to clients before they arrive, so that we know when they get here that they're healthy. And then we have an entire screening process once they get here, of taking the client's temperature."

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