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Davidson County hair salons prepare to reopen for phase 2

Ladies and Gents Salon
Posted at 8:14 PM, May 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-25 11:37:02-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — For the past few months, salons have had to shut down because of COVID-19. Tomorrow, hair salons in Davidson County can finally reopen under Phase two of Mayor Cooper's reopening plan.

Eva Pierce has owned Ladies and Gents Salon in Donelson for nine years now. This COVID-19 closure is a first.

"Nothing has ever shut the industry down," said Pierce.

Phase 2 for Davidson County will allow Pierce to reopen her salon. She says it's a welcomed relief. The last few months have been tough.
"It's been 11 weeks without any income," Pierce said, "we lost two months worth of revenue and we can't recover from that."

COVID-19 has changed the way Pierce will monitor clients and her salon.

For example, Pierce says COVID-19 is restricting how many customers she can take. She also has to add about 20 minutes in between appointment so she can clean.

"We were able to keep the hamper in the back and take it home every couple of days but now we have to clean it every day and clean everything the client touches constantly," explained Pierce.

Not an ideal situation but she'll take it. Pierce is just thankful to have a steady income again.

Other changes that are implemented in phase 2 are allowing restaurants and retail stores to open at 75% capacity and open gyms and attractions back at half capacity.

All employees in Davidson County businesses are required to wear masks.