THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) — Georgia hair salons and barbershops are opening their doors thanks to an executive order by the governor.
One hair salon in Thomasville is excited to finally be open again.
Hair Company in Thomasville would typically allow walk-ins, but not anymore. They're appointment only now, so they can practice social distancing.
Sherrell Snipes owns Hair Company and has been cutting hair for 25 years.
For the first time in weeks, some non-essential businesses, like this hair salon, are now open in Georgia, despite criticism it may be too early to open doors during the pandemic.
While some shops in Thomasville stayed closed, Snipes says she's thrilled to have clients back in her chair.
"I'm thankful that the governor allowed us to open back up," said Snipes. "I don't work, I don't get paid. If I don't get paid, it's hard to pay the bills."
The Georgia State Board of Cosmetology and Barbers is requiring businesses to:
- Check the temperature of each employee and client,
- limit the number of people inside,
- maintain a safe social distance,
- every employee wear a mask,
- and the shop must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before re-opening
"We've got to clean up after every client, as far as cleaning the chairs, sanitizing the chairs, wash your hands., start over again, new cape, new everything," Snipes said.
Snipes says she has a steady flow of customers Friday and expects the same for Saturday.